COVID-19 has impacted Americans’ life expectancy, minority populations

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Studies show COVID-19 took about two to three months off Americans’ life expectancy, and the effect is even greater for minority populations.

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Dr. Alric Simmonds, the chief health equity officer for AdventHealth, said it’s largely because of preexisting conditions like higher rates of diabetes, hypertension and morbid obesity.

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He said those health disparities come from a combination of fewer health care options, being underinsured and general poverty.

It also took many Black and Hispanic families longer to trust the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.