ifo Institute: Heat waves and flu contributed to excess mortality in "Corona years" at

24 Jan 2023 7:11 pm

The ifo Institute has calculated excess mortality in the years 2020 to 2022. Accordingly, heat and winter flu waves would have caused the increase in deaths. The ifo research results are intended to help politics and business to classify economic and political events.

In the “Corona years” from 2020 to 2022, around 180,000 more people died than expected, the ifo Institute wrote in a press release on Friday. The Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich calculated the corresponding results on excess mortality.

As the institute explains on its website, the research facility combines “excellent research with economic relevance” and offers “those responsible in politics and business a basis for objective decisions”. The ifo Institute processes the respective scientific findings in such a way “that the media and the public can understand and classify current economic and political events”.

In the press release, Joachim Ragnitz, Deputy Head of the Dresden branch of the Ifo, comments on the research results on excess mortality over the past three years, which are summarized in the statement. Accordingly, in the age group 80 plus 116,000 people died more than usual, in the age group 60 to 79 there were 51,000 more deaths. There were 12,000 additional deaths in the younger age groups from 30 to 59 years and around 900 unexpected deaths in the 0 to 29 year olds.

“The old people were particularly poorly protected,” Ragnitz said. According to the ifo Institute, 640 more people died than usual in the 80+ age group, and 92 in the 60 to 79 age group. Ragnitz stated:

“It is surprising that excess mortality accelerated again in 2022.”

After there were initially around 39,000 additional deaths in 2020, 68,000 more people died in 2021, and in 2022 there were almost 74,000 more deaths than the usual average.

However, the cause of the excess mortality in the years 2020 to 2022 has not yet been clarified, explained the deputy head of the Dresden ifo Institute. The COVID-19 pandemic was not mentioned in the ifo press release as a possible cause of the increased deaths. Ragnitz assumed that the hot summer weather and the winter flu had contributed:

“The exact reasons for this are still unclear. The heat waves in summer and the flu waves at the end of the year may also have played a role,” Ragnitz classified the unexpected excess mortality for the time being.

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