How COVID-19 is devastating rural America and Navajo Nation!
What was once thought of as the "safety zone" from COVID-19 is now considered COVID 2.0. Many rural communities believed they were immune from the deadly coronavirus. Initial impacts of COVID-19 have been greatest in urban communities and particularly devastating to some metropolitan areas.
However, with numbers steadily rising, those who purposely live away from major cities now know what we all do: The coronavirus is EVERYWHERE!
No community has been hit as hard as Navajo nation. The Navajo Nation has struggled a great deal ever since the coronavirus roared through and infected over 9,000 people, ultimately killing 454 as of Thursday, according to the Navajo Department of Health. Cynthia McFadden of NBC news recently visited members of Navajo nation to talk about the effects of COVID-19 and poverty.
To make matters worse, they're also dealing with a high poverty. With 30 to 40 percent of homes without running water or electricity following basic CDC protocols is nearly impossible. Native Americans currently have the highest rates of hospitalization of any racial group in the U.S. due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 pandemic is a global health crisis affecting us all. While there is so much uncertainty it's hard to know how to respond from day to day. Of course, we keep hearing it over and over: social distance, wash your hands and wear a face mask.
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