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Rural Americans are Twice as Likely to Die From COVID Than Those in Urban Areas

The people living in rural communities are poorer, older, and less likely to be vaccinated.

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Rural Americans are being hit particularly hard by COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, 1 in 434 people living in rural America have died, compared to 1 in 513 in cities. The people in these areas are poorer, older, and less likely to be vaccinated. They also tend to have more underlying conditions and have less access to adequate health care than their urban counterparts. Soledad talks to Dr. Harry Heiman, who has more than 20 years of experience as a primary care physician and teaches public health at Georgia State University.

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