In fact, new data predicts the virus will become Australia’s third biggest killer in the financial year ending July 2022.
According to the Actuaries Institute, deaths from COVID-19 reached 7,100 in the first seven months of the year, unlike those who died “infected” with the virus.
Only heart disease and dementia are expected to hit the Australian population hard.
COVID-19 may even exceed the number of deaths from cardiovascular diseases such as stroke and lung cancer.
The institute tallied daily reports from state and territory health departments and found 9,550 people died from COVID-19 from January to July.
This included a harrowing record of 1934 deaths in July alone.
The institute estimated that COVID-19 could be attributed to about 7,100 of these deaths.
COVID-19 has also contributed to “excess deaths” from other conditions, according to the Institute’s model based on Australian Bureau of Statistics mortality data.
“Excess deaths” are deaths not expected to be directly contributed by COVID-19 but higher than would be expected in a non-pandemic year.
Over the course of the pandemic, excess mortality from all causes was 2% higher than expected, according to the institute’s model. This figure reflects a decline in respiratory disease deaths in the first two years.
“This is valuable data for our public health policymakers and should help us develop flexible, safe and actionable public health responses,” said Chief Executive Officer Elayne Grace.
COVID-19 Australia’s ‘third biggest killer’, according to new data
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