2 results for tag: social distancing


‘Social distancing’ still crucial for rural America, which invented it

By Alan Guebert | Apr 12, 2020 “Less than 14% of the nation’s population is over 65 years,” noted Megan L. Srinivas in the April 7 Des Moines Register, “but this group represents over 18% of the population in rural areas.” Those numbers, explains Srinivas, “an infectious disease doctor living in rural Iowa,” have her “terrified … and shaken.” The reason is simple; she knows the dark math behind them. For example, if rural Iowa or rural anywhere gets hit by COVID-19 as hard as New York or Chicago, it will be more lethal because while rural America is home to 20% of all Americans, it contains only 9% of the nation’s ...

1.3M low-income earners in Georgia likely to be hit hardest by COVID-19 fallout

By Nyamekye Daniel | The Center Square Mar 23, 2020 (The Center Square) – Low-wage workers and the hospitality industry likely will face the biggest hits amid the COVID-19 outbreak, according to several reports. With social distancing orders in place, many hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants have been forced to close their doors and or layoff workers. Daily unemployment claims in Georgia have surpassed weekly numbers, state labor officials have said. About 104,000 of the 256,000 hotel-supported jobs in Georgia are projected to be cut because of the health crisis, according to the American Hotel and Lodging Association. The Brookings ...