Years of life lost estimates and averages

Different averages tell different stories.

How many potential years of life do people dying of Covid-19 lose? That is a prominent question in the pandemic. It is another way of showing mortal impacts, giving greater weight to younger deaths.

Years of life lost

What does ‘years of potential life lost’ mean? There are different definitions. One definition compares a person’s actual age at death with life expectancy at that age. The difference is then the potential years…