It’s not unusual in discussing the impact of Covid to mention that the majority of deaths are in the elderly, and it’s not unusual to then compare with life expectancy. But the number presented is almost always life expectancy at birth, which is not an appropriate comparison.
Now there likely isn’t a readily available appropriate comparison. Most of the elderly killed by COVID have additional risk factors, and the sub-population with those risk factors would have a different life expectancy than their age cohort in general. But I think it’s worth doing some ignorance fighting and inform people that someone who is over seventy isn’t expected to keel over shortly. In fact, based on 2017 mortality, the life expectancy of someone who is 78 is 9.4 more years.
I’ll say it again for those in the back, the population of 78 year olds is expected, on average, to live for almost 10 more years!