According to electronic death certification data, the average age of Covid victims is 82 and half of the deaths are over 85.
Who exactly is dying of Covid in France? It is not so easy to answer this question precisely, that is to say to give by age group and by sex the exact number of deaths attributable to the Covid. The problem stems from the plurality of information sources: mortality data in hospitals, nursing homes, excess mortality from INSEE, etc.
However, major trends are emerging. The most obvious is related to age: 93% of Covid victims are over 65, according to Public Health France (SpF). According to electronic death certification data (which represents nearly 30,000 deaths out of the 70,000 recorded by SpF), the average age of Covid victims is 82 years old and half of the deaths are over 85 years old. Almost 80% of deaths occur in those over 75 years old. On the contrary, those under 55 represent less than 5% of deaths.
The older we get, the more mortality increases among women, to the point of reversing the sex ratio beyond 85 years.
Men also represent nearly 60% of hospital deaths, and 54% of Covid electronic death certificates. The latter in fact account for some of the deaths in nursing homes, that is to say of older people. However, the older we get, the more mortality increases in women, to the point of reversing the sex ratio beyond 85 years: nearly 6,500 women between 85 and 94 years old have died of Covid-19 against a little more of 5500 men, according to these electronic certification data; among those over 95, women are even twice as likely to die as men. This shift is obviously largely attributable to the age pyramid, since women live significantly longer than men.
On the other hand, the excess mortality data from INSEE during the first wave had shown two important things: the mortality rate had increased by 48% for people born abroad against 22% “only” for those born in France. France ; and a comparable difference was observed between the most densely populated municipalities and the rest of France (+ 49% versus + 26%).
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