Insights from Experts: COVID-19 Case Rates in Rural and Urban Pennsylvania

When the COVID-19 pandemic became widespread in the United States, much of the discussion and attention centered on urban epicenters with rapid spread due to the high population density. While rural areas are less populous, other characteristics of rural America make those individuals living there far more vulnerable than their urban counterparts.

In this post, Penn State researchers Raeven Chandler, Katrina Alford and Leif Jensen describe the unique dynamics making rural residents more vulnerable, provide a comparison of COVID-19 trends in rural and urban areas in Pennsylvania, and offer insight as to why the COVID-19 pandemic highlights and magnifies the longstanding factors contributing to rural-urban health disparities.

For more, visit the Insights from Experts website — a partnership of Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute and the Center for Health Care and Policy Research.