Corona virus and healthcare in Estonia

Healthcare in Estonia

Healthcare in Estonia is rather above average in a worldwide 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 Estonia is 74.0 years for men and 82.7 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 5.7 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Estonia

By January 11th, 2021, 33805 infected persons and 287 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported in March 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 total of 33,805 infected people represent 2.5% of the country's total population.

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

The first graph shows the number of reported infections per calendar week. The second graph below the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Estonia results in a mortality rate of 0.8%. 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 29,521 infected up to 14 days ago. This gives in Estonia a new mortality rate of 0.8%.

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

Current development

Calendar weekInfectedDeaths
01/20214,28436
53/20203,71338
52/20204,01439
51/20203,73925
50/20203,07718
49/20202,92619
48/20202,32824
47/20202,0877
46/20201,5126
45/20201,1402

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height182 cm168 cm
BMI27.026.0
Weight89.9 kg73.7 kg

Diseases

EstoniaØ worldwide
Diabetes *4.20%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.01%0.13%
HIV / Aids0.05%0.04%

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


Child vaccinations

EstoniaØ worldwide
Measles88.0%85.7%
Hepatitis B0.09%0.09%
DTP *9.10%8.57%

* 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 Estonia, 30.5% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
4 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

The medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Estonia is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 5.0 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.7 beds. Within the EU, 5.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 4,600 physicians in Estonia, there are about 3.47 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.

Due to the low level of care, the mortality of major known diseases can only be reduced in comparatively few cases. According to current information, about 17 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) still die.

Supply with drinking water

About 93 percent of the population has access to an immediately available, running drinking water supply. At least via springs and wells at a distance of no more than 30 minutes or supplied water, 100% of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. The population is thus better served than average. 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).