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.


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.