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Nikhil Prasad  Fact checked by:Thailand Medical News Team Jan 22, 2024  1 month, 2 days, 17 hours, 43 minutes ago

Excess Mortality Remain High In United Kingdom With 171,376 Excess Deaths Since Start Of COVID-19. Last Winter Chills Caused 5000 Excess Deaths!

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Excess Mortality Remain High In United Kingdom With 171,376 Excess Deaths Since Start Of COVID-19. Last Winter Chills Caused 5000 Excess Deaths!
Nikhil Prasad  Fact checked by:Thailand Medical News Team Jan 22, 2024  1 month, 2 days, 17 hours, 43 minutes ago
The United Kingdom, like many nations, is grappling with the profound and lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The toll on human life has been staggering, with a recent analysis revealing that excess deaths since the onset of the pandemic on March 27, 2020, have reached a concerning 171,376.


Excess Mortality Continues To Remain High In United Kingdom 

Beyond the immediate threat of the virus, another disturbing revelation has come to light: the winter chill itself has become a silent contributor to excess deaths, causing nearly 5,000 fatalities in the last winter alone. In this comprehensive exploration, we delve into the intricacies of excess deaths, examining the demographic and regional disparities and the broader societal implications of this dual crisis.
 
Pandemic's Unrelenting Toll
The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) data exposes the relentless toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on the UK. Since March 2020, a total of 2,079,687 deaths were registered in England, and within this grim statistic lies the stark reality of 171,376 excess deaths. This represents a 9% increase in the number of total excess deaths relative to expected deaths (1,908,311) over this period. The data underlines the profound impact of the virus, stretching far beyond the initial waves.
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/excess-mortality-in-england-and-english-regions#full-publication-update-history
 
Demographic Vulnerabilities
Breaking down the numbers reveals disturbing trends within specific age groups. Individuals aged between 50-64 have experienced the most significant uptick in excess deaths, with a staggering 15% increase in mortality rates. The 25-49 age group witnessed a 10% rise, while those aged 65-74 saw a 9% increase. These statistics highlight the pandemic's varying impact on different age demographics, shedding light on the vulnerabilities faced by middle-aged individuals in the face of COVID-19.
 
Regional Disparities
The geographical distribution of excess deaths further emphasizes the varied impact of the pandemic. The North West, West Midlands, and London stand out with the most substantial rises in excess deaths at 11%, 11%, and 10%, respectively. These regional disparities underscore the complex interplay of factors contributing to the uneven toll of the virus across different areas of the country.
 
Life Expectancy Setback
These findings align with the distressing life expectancy data released last week. Between 2020 and 2022, life expectancy at birth dropped to 78.6 years for males and 82.6 years for females. This marks a significant decline of 38 weeks for males and 23 weeks for females compared to pre-pandemic figures from 2017 to 2019. The cumulative impact of excess deaths and declining life ex pectancy paints a sobering picture of the long-term consequences of the pandemic on the health and well-being of the population.
 
Cold and Damp Homes: A New Disturbing Contributing Factor
While the pandemic has taken a toll on lives, a parallel concern arises from the cold and damp conditions within homes. The End Fuel Poverty coalition's estimate of nearly 5,000 excess deaths last winter due to living in cold homes serves as a chilling reminder of an often-overlooked danger. This figure represents a 53% increase from the previous year and more than double the fatalities reported in 2019, highlighting a concerning trend that demands immediate attention.
https://www.endfuelpoverty.org.uk/4950-excess-winter-deaths-caused-by-cold-homes-last-winter/
 
Impact of Cold Homes on Health
Figures released by the charity reveal that approximately 8.3 million adults in the UK are currently living in cold or damp homes. This living condition can significantly impact health, exacerbating respiratory conditions, cardiovascular diseases, poor mental health, dementia, and hypothermia, while also hindering recovery from injuries. The survey conducted by the campaign in December further unveils regional discrepancies, with households in London, Yorkshire and Humber, the West Midlands, and the North West most likely to be living in cold, damp conditions.
 
Government Criticisms and Policy Recommendations
Jan Shortt, General Secretary of the National Pensioners’ Convention, expresses concern over the government's apparent disinterest in the welfare of older people facing freezing temperatures and rising energy costs. Ministers have faced criticism for allowing three energy firms to return to forcibly fitting prepayment meters, a practice temporarily banned following a scandal. Greenpeace UK's climate campaigner, Georgia Whitaker, urges the government to insulate homes at "speed and scale" to combat fuel poverty, reduce unavoidable deaths, and address the cost of living and climate crises by lowering bills and slashing household emissions.
 
Conclusion
As the United Kingdom navigates the dual challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the perils of cold and damp homes, the need for comprehensive strategies becomes more urgent than ever. The intricate interplay of demographic, regional, and socio-economic factors contributing to excess deaths requires targeted interventions and a broader societal commitment to addressing these complex issues. Beyond the immediate crisis, a long-term vision that encompasses health, housing, and social support systems is essential to building resilience and ensuring the well-being of the population. In the face of uncertainty, informed policies and proactive measures are imperative for shaping a healthier and more resilient future for the United Kingdom.
 
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