The Center for American Progress has raised concerns regarding the issue of the COVID spread in rural areas. These areas have been affected the most due to the pandemic as they do not have sufficient health care facilities to support them.
The COVID-19 pandemic started in January when the first case of coronavirus came to light. Researchers then started studying the genetic composition and how the virus spreads. The virus was seen to be airborne and had the ability to transfer through touch or by coughing/ sneezing.
In the beginning, the cases in the United States were limited to major urban centers. New York got affected badly. But with the increase in the number of cases, many rural areas got affected by it too. By the end of April, it could be seen that the virus was spreading towards rural areas.
The most worrisome aspect of the rural areas is mainly the population density. The people that live in such areas have less space for themselves. The places are usually crowded with not much care given to health and cleanliness.
The American Communities Project issues several classification zones. These zones were used to depict what area had suffered the most and what stage it is currently in. Red zone areas were the hardest-hit areas. Hence, while tracking this classification method, some daunting facts came to light.
Firstly, many of the rural areas had come under the red zone. The cases in those areas were on the rise and had been constantly going up on the graph. At the start of August, the rural population that had been affected by the pandemic had exceeded the rural share of the population of the United States. This fact is really worrying.