Back in 2019, there was a list published with the top 10 causes of death. These accounted for a massive 55% of the 55.4 million deaths that happened in that year. Obviously, times have changed, and there is a new killer on the loose – the coronavirus. Nevertheless, before then, the top causes of death were cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems, and neonatal conditions. Certain countries are more prone to death than others, making their medical mortality rates sky-high compared to other places. There are also lots of factors to consider when determining which countries have the highest rates.
That includes everything from obesity rates to income brackets in the country. It’s also fascinating to look at how each country has been affected differently by COVID-19. Some countries have suffered while other countries seem almost to be carrying on as usual with a minimal death count. Why are some of these countries affected more than others? We can learn from countries that have managed to battle this pandemic without losing too many lives during the last year. When measuring the mortality rate, it is calculated as the number of deaths per one thousand people per year. Please keep in mind that we gathered these facts from several sources like the World Health Organization. Other references include the World Population Review and The Center for Evidence-Based Medicine.
21. How does Qatar have one of the lowest mortality rates, even with a pandemic?
When it comes to the world’s lowest mortality rate in 2021, the award has to go to Qatar. Interestingly, the population is majority male, with 75% male and 25% female. The median age of people living in this country is 33 years old, and they have a pretty good life expectancy of almost 79 years old! Their mortality rate currently sits at 1.244 (and remember this is measured per 1000 people per year. Not bad, Qatar! What are they doing to get this number so low? Well, they heavily invested in its health system in recent years.
Moreover, they have a young population too. This combination helps to keep the fatality rate as one of the lowest in the world. When it comes to the pandemic statistics, 194 people have died. That has all been credited to their impressive health system, and even the World Health Organization’s regional office said that they were well-equipped and well prepared, unlike many other countries in the world. It is clear that their critical care infrastructure is resilient and helped them curb their death rate. Without this, it could have been much worse.