APCRL Policy Briefs
Cafer, Anne and Rosenthal, Meagen, "COVID-19 in the Rural South: A Perfect Storm of Disease, Health Access, and Co-Morbidity" (2020). APCRL Policy Briefs. 2.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has thrown into sharp contrast the growing inequalities of the rural-urban divide. While urban centers have been hit hard in the US, a recent report highlights a sharp uptick of micropolitan cases. This is important because nearly 5% of micropolitan and rural residents nation-wide, and nearly 8% of rural south residents, commute to urban hubs further increasing the spread of COVID-19. No place is this more germane than the rural south.