Rural America is More Vulnerable to COVID-19 Than Cities Are, And It’s Starting to Show
Rural areas seemed immune as the coronavirus spread through cities earlier this year. Few rural cases were reported, and attention focused on the surge of illnesses and deaths in the big metro areas. But that false sense of safety is now falling apart as infection rates explode in rural areas across the country. Iowa State University associate professor of rural sociology David Peters has been studying the challenges rural America faces in responding to this pandemic to improve how communities prepare and respond. He contends that being able to identify communities that are susceptible to the pandemic before people become ill will allow officials to target public health interventions to slow the spread of the infection and avoid deaths.