Oct. 7 (UPI) — Nearly one in four households in rural areas of the United States were unable to get treatment for serious medical problems this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey released Wednesday.
Results of the survey were released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The survey of more than 3,400 U.S. adults, conducted between July 1 and Aug. 3, also found that 40% of rural households could not find a doctor willing to see them as the new new coronavirus spread in their local area.
“During a time of record-setting growth in new COVID-19 cases across rural America, rural communities are facing distinct challenges handling the coronavirus outbreak due to long-standing systemic health and social inequities,” the authors of the report wrote.
“When it comes to healthcare, the coronavirus outbreak has dramatically affected delivery, with