Covid-19 statistics in Australia: the average age of deaths from coronavirus

New Australian government data shows the median age of those who have died during the pandemic as hospitalizations in intensive care units fall.

The median age of Australians who have died during the pandemic is 83, according to new data, as Covid-19-related ICU admissions fall.

More than 8.6 million Australians have been infected with the virus since the pandemic began in late 2019.

As of last Friday, there were 10,582 deaths, with a median age of 83. The average life expectancy in Australia is 82.9 years.

The average age of all cases was 31 years, “relatively” equally divided between men and women.

The data also shows that 293 Australians under the age of 50 have died from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Among them are six boys and six girls under the age of 10, four boys and four girls under the age of 20, and 18 men and 12 women over the age of 20.

2061 men died from Covid-19 at the age of 80 and 1503 women of the same age.

In the age group over 90, 1,186 men and 1,515 women have died from the virus.

The data helps fill in the gaps for Australians who face the prospect of new restrictions amid fears of a surge in new infections.

But they come as some hospitals report that the number of Covid-19-related ICU patients has dropped significantly from previous months.

Virologist Ian McKay wrote on Sunday: “Intensive care unit admissions remain flat while hospital cases rise, although there are signs of a slowdown/peak on the charts for NSW and Victoria.”

Staff at the intensive care unit at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital say there are “only one or two Covid patients” there at the moment.

This was reported by ABC correspondent Isobel Rowe. that emergency departments and respiratory departments accept most cases that end up in the hospital.

Australia is in the grip of a surge in cases that experts believe will be caused by BA. 4 and BA. 5 strains.

“These variants are highly contagious and also more symptomatic than previous Omicron variants,” said Gaetan Burgio of the Australian National University.

“These variants are descended from the Delta and Omicron strains and are therefore able to elude the vaccine, resulting in an increased number of reinfections.”

Dr. Burgio predicts that the latest outbreak will continue to grow over the next few weeks.

“Because the virus is in constant evolution/selection, additional variants will emerge,” he said.

“Then it just became known to us. However, extended vaccination coverage and previous infections, even imperfect ones, protect against current and re-emerging variants and prevent transmission of the virus.”

Despite his belief that the virus won’t go away anytime soon, Dr. Burgio said people shouldn’t panic.

“I wouldn’t be too pessimistic and I don’t think we’re in a hopeless situation,” he said.

“Vaccine technology is advancing at a rapid pace, and the technology is advancing rapidly to provide sufficient immunity against a virus, even an imperfect one, against these variants.

“Without vaccines, I would be much more pessimistic.”

with NCA NewsWire

Originally published as The truth about Australia’s Covid-19 numbers