Corona virus and healthcare in Austria

Healthcare in Austria

The effectiveness of the health care system in Austria is well above average in a global comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in Austria is 79.4 years for men and 84.1 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 9.1 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Austria

The inhabitants of Austria are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By August 6th, 2020, 21689 infected persons and 719 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on February 25th, 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear. The country reached its peak so far on March 26th with 1,141 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in Austria
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in Austria

The first graph shows the number of infected persons reported. The second graph shows the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Austria results in a mortality rate of 3.3%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available. In order to quantify mortality more precisely, one would therefore have to compare the deaths that have occurred to date with those reported 20,682 infected up to 10 days ago. This gives in Austria a new mortality rate of 3.5%.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Development in the last days

DateInfected Deaths 
Thu 6th114+0.5%0+0.0%
Wed 5th103+0.5%0+0.0%
Tue 4th131+0.6%1+0.1%
Mon 3rd32+0.2%0+0.0%
Sun 2nd85+0.4%0+0.0%
Sat 1st126+0.6%0+0.0%
Fri 31st89+0.4%0+0.0%
Thu 30th163+0.8%2+0.3%
Wed 29th164+0.8%3+0.4%
Tue 28th132+0.6%0+0.0%

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height178 cm165 cm
BMI26.624.7
Weight84.3 kg67.2 kg

Diseases

AustriaØ worldwide
Diabetes *6.60%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.01%0.13%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.


Child vaccinations

AustriaØ worldwide
Measles94.0%86.0%
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
DTP *8.50%8.59%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.
In Austria, 29.6% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
7 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

The medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Austria is above average and even exceeds the average achieved in the EU countries. The country provides 7.6 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The worldwide average here is 2.7 beds and within the EU there are even 5.6 beds for every 1000 inhabitants.

With about 45,700 physicians in Austria, there are about 5.14 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality of major known diseases can be reduced to an above-average extent. For example, only about 11 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Supply with drinking water

Austria is one of the few countries that offers almost its entire population (98.91 percent) access to an immediately available, running drinking water supply. The proportion of the population that is reached by additional supply from springs and wells or supplied drinking water is 100%. In a global comparison, only about 71% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 97%. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10%.



Sources

Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).