• Anita Hollerer-Squire

Covid-19 dilemma

Statistics on Austrian Covid-19 deaths by age

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? If you are as confused as I am about Covid-19 and whether you should or shouldn't get the vaccine - here are some facts that might help you decide.

I live in New Zealand, but there aren't enough Covid-19 cases here to research. Since I am from Austria - I looked into the reported cases of deaths there. I wanted to know what age groups they were, what underlying conditions they had and how they stack up against other causes of deaths. Austria is a perfect country to investigate, as it is in the middle of Europe, has a population of around 9 million, had lots of Covid-19 cases, had many lockdowns and is good at reporting all cases.

Let's start by taking a look of what Austrians died of prior to Covid-19. The graph below shows the 10 most common causes of death in Austria between 2009 and 2019.

According to Statistics Austria, here are the main causes of deaths:


A total of 83,975 people died in Austria in 2018, of:

  • Cardiovascular diseases (38.9%)

  • Cancer (24.5%)

  • Diseases of the respiratory organs (6.6%)

  • Diseases of the digestive organs (3.3%)

  • Other diseases (21.3%)

  • Unnatural causes of death (injuries and poisonings - 5.3%)