From the Document: "As the SARS-CoV-2 [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2] pandemic spreads, attention has focused on urban America where the bulk of the cases and deaths have occurred. Rural America is at considerable risk as well. Though the incidence of the virus in nonmetropolitan America is currently modest, it is spreading rapidly with significant implications for future mortality. The mortality a community suffers from exposure to the coronavirus is influenced by social and demographic characteristics including: health, inequality, poverty, food insecurity, race/Hispanic origin, and access to health care. The age structure of the population also has a substantial impact on the severity and mortality associated with the coronavirus."
Carsey Research National Issue Brief No. 147
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