Average Covid-19 victim dies years before they otherwise would20 July 2021What was claimed The average age of Covid-19 deaths is higher than the average life expectancy, which means that people who get Covid live longer. Life expectancy is an average, pulled down by people who die young. Life expectancy is an average, which means it is pulled down by people who die young. People dying of Covid in their 80s before they otherwise would have died, itself reduces average life expectancy. The idea that you can ‘get Covid and live longer’ fails to take this into account, and therefore misunderstands the impact of Covid-19 deaths.