The coronavirus pandemic has changed expectations in every dimension of life across the countries of the world. A recent study conducted by the Imperial College London and the World Health Organisation revealed statistics about life expectancy as of the year 2030, which is going to change drastically as compared to current figures.
But the good news is that, notwithstanding the havoc wreaked by the pandemic, people are going to live longer. Improved healthcare and medical advancements are making humans live longer than ever before. But do we have the necessary resources to support an ageing population? Led by Imperial scientists in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, the study suggested that policymakers need to work towards building the necessary infrastructure to support longer lives and older people.
Japan currently has the highest life expectancy rates for women but it will be overtaken by both South Korea and France by 2030. By then, the United States will fall behind many rich nations in life expectancy with men and women set to live for an average of 79.5 and 83.3 years respectively. Reasons for Americans falling behind include their country's lack of universal health insurance, a high rate of child mortality and soaring obesity levels. By contract, South Korea has some of the lowest rates of obesity in the world, as well as good nutrition, fewer smokers and excellent healthcare access.
But one thing is evident— Average life expectancy is expected to rise and women will outlive men even if by a few years more!
Though the study covered 35 developed and emerging countries, including the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, and Australia, it did not mention anything about India.