Evidence suggests that individuals with preexisting health concerns may be more susceptible to becoming seriously ill from the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Such co-morbidities include existing respiratory problems, cardiovascular issues, and immune function. A recent report found that Mississippi and many other southern states had among the highest rates of pre-existing conditions that could contribute to COVID19 complications. Within Mississippi, health outcomes vary spatially. To anticipate where there may be the greatest potential for Mississippians to become seriously ill from COVID-19, we developed a health risk index for each county.
Deleveaux, Jamiko and Parks, Vanessa, "Health Risks for COVID-19 in Mississippi Counties" (2020). Population Briefs. 3.