Rural America and Coronavirus Epidemic: Challenges and Solutions
Governor G Ameh 1, Anuli Njoku 2, Jeff Inungu 1 * , Mustafa Younis 3
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1 School of Health Sciences, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, USA2 College of Health Professions, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI, USA3 Department of Health Policy and Management, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, USA* Corresponding Author

Abstract

There are emerging concerns about the preparedness of rural communities in the United States in the face of the 2019 novel coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2, causing the disease COVID-19) considering the existing disparities across the social determinants of health between rural and urban Americans. Taking into account the current exponential rate of spread of the coronavirus, this article critically examines the risk facing the 60 million Americans living in rural areas, discusses possible solutions pertaining to rural COVID-19 prevention, and examines measures to consider to prepare for this epidemic before it reaches rural areas.

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Article Type: Research Article

EUR J ENV PUBLIC HLT, Volume 4, Issue 2, 2020, Article No: em0040

https://doi.org/10.29333/ejeph/8200

Publication date: 24 Apr 2020

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