COVID-19 in rural USA

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Beth OConnor
1 President, National Rural Health Association *


*Ms Beth OConnor


1 Virginia Rural Health Association, Blacksburg, VA, USA


10 January 2023 Volume 23 Issue 1


RECEIVED: 20 September 2022

ACCEPTED: 20 September 2022


OConnor B.  COVID-19 in rural USA. Rural and Remote Health 2023; 23: 8093. https://doi.org/10.22605/RRH8093


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Introduction: In the rural areas of the USA, COVID-19 hit slower, spread faster, and was met with vaccine resistance. The presentation will provide an overview of the factors that contributed to a higher mortality rate in rural communities.

Methods: Data on vaccine rates, infection spread, and mortality rates will be reviewed along with the healthcare system, economic, and social factors that created a unique situation in which infection rates in rural areas were similar, but death rates were nearly double that of their urban peers.

Results: Participants will have a chance to learn how barriers in accessing health care, combined with rejection of public health guidelines, had tragic results.

Discussion: Participants will have the opportunity to consider how public health information can be disseminated in a culturally competent manner that maximizes compliance for future public health emergencies.

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