Rural America Needs Help to Face COVID-19

DLeft any country road in Georgia during the harvest season, and you will pass roadside stalls above the printed words, likely to become rural America’s culture of Song:”home grown.”

Whether it is a peach or a potato, a small restaurant or a drive to the range, America’s farms and ranches and in small towns tend to support themselves in what they create. They take pride in their ability, from taking care of yourself and take care of themselves.

This trademark self-sufficiency, plus the anemia of the public health infrastructure and limited access to Essentials like fresh food and medicine, brings a unique threat to the American country as COVID-19 marches relentlessly in the United States is not a new way to reach rural residents with information on how to maintain a healthy and rapidly expanding public health system, this disease may encounter difficulties in rural areas than in cities.

Dougherty County, Georgia, about 40 miles, where I live in the plains, is a warning. As of April 21st, the County(population 88,000)reported more than 1 440 positive COVID test and 103 people have died from the virus or its complications, according to the national track competition in the case of counting in very large, densely populated cities and have Dougherty is the largest city in Albany(population 57 000), and COVID-19 hot spots. To understand what is happening in Albany is more urgent, because the Georgia set back in the coming days. What is rural real risk of more Dougherty County, How do we stop it?

First of all, rural Americans were self-sufficient, because they are: many people living far away from supermarkets, pharmacies and health clinics or hospitals, and have less choice when it comes to where to go. I live where we have a convenience store. In normal times, with its narrow aisles and checkout are Packed with people. There is no roadside pick-up; and no home delivery. This limits the applicability of social alienation or stay-at-home order, when the only option is forced to contact, or say no. The closest option for shopping with, about 40 minutes in Albany. Anything else is over an hour’s drive. More than half of the counties in the United States no intensive care beds.

Second, little or no public health infrastructure in many rural areas of the United States. Urban areas tend to have very large, and the establishment of the public health sector, can manage activities such as disease surveillance, contact tracing, and population-based analysis of the spread of the virus and its impact. New York City Health and Mental Hygiene Annual Budget of $ 1.6 billion and more than 6,000 employees throughout the five boroughs. According to a recent Dougherty County budget, nothing is for Epidemiology.

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It is not only the public health infrastructure: the majority of rural America is not the tertiary care hospitals, intensive care units and other specialized services, the need for treatment of those who become seriously ill, or even County or regional hospitals and health clinics tend to be small in resources, and distant. It is far more likely is that rural Americans symptoms will choose to tough it at home, and only once very sick, to seek care.

Third, there are a handful of local news and information source. This part of southwest Georgia there are two TV markets, two hours apart. This causes the first and the most important is the inconsistent information of what happened and how families can protect themselves. It is difficult to find crucial facts, and obscures what is happening”somewhere else”, from what is happening here. Coupled with the widespread distrust of the media and the hospital, in particular, in the latter case, between communities of color, you’ve undermined two of the lifeline, in a pandemic: information and medical care.

Enterprise leaders have observed the chaos and destruction of the now moment is one of the innovative can flourish, and for the people to find viable solutions. This is a great guide What are leaders in the rural areas of the state and the County can do–right now–to help slow the virus spread. They can:

  • Create public health to establish communication and with the rural communities, and to seek the communication of sources, such as local radio stations and churches to help spread the word.
  • Allocation of Public Health graduate students need internship experience for rural communities, contact tracking, data entry, and provide staff support for small County health departments.
  • Click on the family caregiver as a front-line epidemiological monitoring of the supplier, share information through telemedicine. The caregiver of the key between their loved ones, their providers and the community.
  • Registration of the logistical expert of the places, such as Amazon and Uber review how to reach the rural communities of food and medicines delivery and e-Commerce.
  • Re-adjustment of the tens of thousands employed and trained by the United States Census provides door-to-door information about the virus and tips to protect and slow the spread.

This virus does not recognize geographic or economic boundaries, and it can punish, instead of reward, the traditional self-sufficiency. Let us help them a homegrown hands.

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