The Australian government has published data about mortality in 2020.
It’s barely got a mention in any of the media outlets. That’s fair enough, there’s probably nothing of interest to most people anyway.
Despite this, let’s have a quick look, shall we?
Cherry-picking their own words:
In 2020 there was a decrease in mortality in Australia.
COVID-19 was the 38th leading cause of death (898 deaths).
The five leading causes decreased, with a significant reduction in respiratory diseases.
Rates from suicide, drug overdoses and car crashes decreased.
Alcohol-induced death rates increased by 8.3%.
Some other nuggets from the summary:
(The) median age at death (from/with covid) was 86 years. (The usual median age of death in Australia is 79).
Dementia was the most common pre-existing condition (of Covid deaths).
Chronic cardiac conditions, hypertension and diabetes were also commonly reported comorbidities (with Covid).
Influenza and pneumonia mortality had the highest proportional rate decrease of all respiratory diseases with a drop of 45.8% from 2019.
There were 55 people who died from influenza. This compares to 1,080 in 2019.
It’s a modern medical miracle; we’ve cured the ‘flu.
Also, we’ve locked up all the kids for two years to save grandma and grandad from a disease that has a median age of death (86) that’s 7 years older than the national median age of death.
Well done everyone, seriously well done.