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Sun May 24, 2020, 05:22 PM

A deadly 'checkerboard': Covid-19's new surge across rural America

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Source: Washington Post

The novel coronavirus arrived in an Indiana farm town mid-planting season and took root faster than the fields of seed corn, infecting hundreds and killing dozens. It tore though a pork processing plant and spread outward in a desolate stretch of the Oklahoma Panhandle. And in Colorado’s sparsely populated eastern plains, the virus erupted in a nursing home and a pair of factories, burning through the crowded quarters of immigrant workers and a vulnerable elderly population.

As the death toll nears 100,000, the disease caused by the virus has made a fundamental shift in who it touches and where it reaches in America, according to a Washington Post analysis of case data and interviews with public health professionals in several states. The pandemic that first struck in major metropolises is now increasingly finding its front line in the country’s rural areas; counties with acres of farmland, cramped meatpacking plants, out-of-the-way prisons and few hospital beds.

In these areas, where 60 million Americans live, populations are poorer, older and more prone to health problems such as diabetes and obesity than those of urban areas. They include immigrants and the undocumented — the “essential” workers who have kept the country’s sprawling food industry running, but who rarely have the luxury of taking time off for illness.

Many of these communities are isolated and hard to reach. They were largely spared from the disease shutting down their states — until, suddenly, they weren’t. Rural counties now have some of the highest rates of covid-19 cases and deaths in the country, topping even the hardest-hit New York City boroughs and signaling a new phase of the pandemic — one of halting, scattered outbreaks that could devastate still more of America’s most vulnerable towns as states lift stay-at-home orders.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/24/coronavirus-rural-america-outbreaks/?

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Reply A deadly 'checkerboard': Covid-19's new surge across rural America (Original post)
milestogo May 24 OP
Jeorge IX May 24 #1
Worried2020 May 24 #2
IronLionZion May 24 #3
BlueMTexpat May 25 #6
Stallion May 24 #4
AZ8theist May 24 #5
Omaha Steve May 25 #7

Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 05:49 PM

1. Cynical as Hell

 

But if this starts turning Trump voters against him, I will not complain!

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 06:34 PM

2. I'm thinking that many wee towns like mine (2k) are oblivious to the real dangers.

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I've watched our Provincial data (Ontario) go from less than 10, to over 2,000 deaths in 2 months.

I've never seen anyone here yet wearing a mask in public, but then again, I ain't been out much - never gone shopping in over 6 weeks, except for on-line and deliveries.

Most of our stores are observing social distancing, with bars and restaurants still closed, and public events curtailed - not too much whining about it, but we are not prepared for what's to come.

Eventually this bug will make it's way here, and when it does - it's gonna hit with a vengeance.

Why can we not get it thru our heads? - We have no cure, we have no vaccine, we have no idea what all this virus can morph in to.

WE DO know it kills us, and we DO know that social distancing, and wearing masks reduces our risks to catch this deadly bug.

WTF is wrong with us?



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Response to Worried2020 (Reply #2)

Sun May 24, 2020, 07:38 PM

3. Are you in Canada?

rural Canada has some advantages over rural America, like your famous healthcare system. Sick Americans are avoiding testing and treatment because of the cost.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #3)

Mon May 25, 2020, 12:42 PM

6. This. eom

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 08:44 PM

4. In Many Southern States the Highest Infections Per Capita are in Small Counties

the big city (Democratic) mayors generally have done a good job keeping numbers down. The residents of these small counties believe in free-dum and are in great danger

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 08:52 PM

5. Geez, nobody could see this coming....

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Mon May 25, 2020, 02:37 PM

7. After a review by forum hosts....LOCKING

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