France 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the demography of France. This study explains why the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in 2020 far exceeds the increase in deaths from all causes between 2019 and 2020

Keywords: mortality; causes of death; COVID-19; epidemics; deaths by age; seasonal variations; births; France.


Images of some of the results obtained

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Expected and observed weekly numbers of deaths in France, August 2014 – February 2021
Age-distribution of deaths (%), France

Description of the Study:

  • Title: France 2020: 68,000 excess deaths attributable to COVID-19.
  • Principal investigators: Gilles Pison and France Meslé.
  • Centers of Implementation: Muséum national d’histoire naturelle et Institut national d’études démographiques.
  • Study Population: Online database from Institut National d’Études Démographiques (INED).

Objectives of the Study:

Principal Objective: to explain more specifically why the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in 2020 far exceeds the increase in deaths from all causes between 2019 and 2020.

More about this Study:

The number of deaths recorded in France in 2020 was up 55,000 from 2019, significantly less than the 68,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in 2020. This difference is due to the decline in other causes of death, such as influenza and road accidents. Other causes are also likely to have declined, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and chronic respiratory failure. While some of the frail people suffering from these diseases have indeed died from COVID-19, they would have died in 2020 even without the pandemic, and their death would have been attributed to a different cause.

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