Much of the information available to date suggests that novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is of particular concern for people in older age groups, given their increased likelihood of facing complications that could result in hospitalization and risk of death. These patterns hold for Mississippi. The age dimension may be of special concern for rural areas where testing is less frequent, where health infrastructures are underdeveloped, and where populations tend to be older and have more pre-existing chronic conditions than their more urbanized counterparts. It is noteworthy that some regions of the country, including the South, also have younger populations at considerable risk because of existing health challenges.
Future Population Briefs will focus on other age groups and characteristics.
Green, John J., "Population 65 Years and Older Varies by Region and Non-Metro Status in Mississippi: Implications for COVID-19" (2020). Population Briefs. 1.