When coronavirus cases began increasing in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in late July, Pastor Paul Van Noy prayed with his congregation that the city council would not pass a mask mandate.
The recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic is largely over for some groups, like rich, White and college-educated Americans.
The operation of the rural health unit (RHU) in the town of Coron in Palawan province was suspended until Monday next week after four of its staff contracted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Pre-COVID-19 literature had already shown that suicide rates are higher in rural communities3. Many factors have been attributed to this maldistribution, including limited access to care, reluctance to seek care, older age and higher rates of disability. At a time such as this, when the pandemic itself acts as a significant stressor to people’s lives, there is a much greater need for people in rural communities to seek mental health care.