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.
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.
When a cluster of coronavirus infections broke out in Kyoto’s Horikawa Hospital, medical staffers were not only battling a potentially deadly disease at work. They came home to fight an even more unsettling disease — fear and discrimination.
At the start of this year, Anders Tegnell was just a low-profile bureaucrat in a country of 10m people, heading a department that collects and analyses data on public health.
Bill Gates said Sunday that the U.S. needs “to own up to the fact that we didn’t do a good job” in its response to the coronavirus pandemic.