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NRHA's Slabach on the crucial merits of wearing a mask.

From the outset, face covering as a measure of protection against SARS-CoV-2 virus infection seemed to brew controversy. Even today rural populations appear less compelled to wear masks and this may in part explain the rapid increase in both Covid infections and fatalities. These trends are even more disconcerting as we look ahead to the holidays with increased risk of exposure and illness..

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Case study: Rural municipal COVID-19 research leadership.

As the nation’s fight against COVID-19 continues, health policy researchers will be dependent on national and state-level metrics to understand rural community impacts. Most rural health research centers will access data from institutions with big data servers, such as the Center for Disease Control or National Center for Health Statistics – but meaningful indicators of how COVID-19 has transformed daily life are at the municipal level..

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Rural leaders build networks to source PPE for hospitals.

A volunteer pilot slam-locks the passenger door of his aircraft and gets in. Before COVID-19, that passenger berth carried patients in need of a ride from their rural location to vital health care appointments. Regional networks such as Angel Flight coordinated these flights with a roster of pilots willing to donate their time, aircraft, and fuel to get rural patients where they needed to go. But when the pandemic hit, these networks were forced to suspend patient flights to limit the spread....

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Mitigating the impact of COVID on rural families at risk for violence.

The irony of COVID-19’s physical distancing is that many family units now have an increased closeness — for some, perhaps to a degree not previously experienced..

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The benefits of being a rural nurse practitioner.

To keep up with the demands of practice, nurse practitioners (NP) have to wear many hats. Fortunately, those serving rural areas are afforded more autonomy in their work than urban NPs, a recent study shows..

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