The devastating impact of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of the United States is reflected in a startling new statistic.

The New York Times reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says that coronavirus-related deaths caused the average life expectancy of Americans to drop a full year during the first half of 2020 as the pandemic soared across the country.

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The last year saw the average life expectancy for all Americans drop from 78.8 years old in 2019 to 77.8 years old.

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The numbers show that minorities in America suffered the biggest impact, with African-Americans losing nearly three years and Hispanics, nearly two years of life expectancy.

Officials say those numbers declined by the biggest levels since World War II.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, nearly 490,000 Americans have died from coronavirus, 105 in Laramie Country, Wyoming.

Worldwide, the pandemic has infected more than 110 million people. Nearly 2.5 million have passed away from COVID-19 since the beginning of 2020

 

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

 

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