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COVID and Rural America

Olugbenga Ajilore describes the effects the coronavirus pandemic has had on rural America—and why the federal government should act with urgency to build resilient rural communities in its wake.

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated the United States with both a public health crisis and an economic one. It has also revealed cracks in the existing economic structure that made the crisis worse than it should have been. In the aftermath, any recovery must create a new framework that removes existing systemic barriers that have left so many behind. While more attention has focused on urban hotspots, this is also true in rural America, which has been hit hard.

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Olugbenga Ajilore

Senior Economist