Location matters: Geographic disparities and impact of coronavirus disease 2019

Tina Q. Tan*, Ravina Kullar, Talia H. Swartz, Trini A. Mathew, Damani A. Piggott, Vladimir Berthaud

*Corresponding author for this work

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the United States has revealed major disparities in the access to testing and messaging about the pandemic based on the geographic location of individuals, particularly in communities of color, rural areas, and areas of low income. This geographic disparity, in addition to deeply rooted structural inequities, have posed additional challenges to adequately diagnose and provide care for individuals of all ages living in these settings. We describe the impact that COVID-19 has had on geographically disparate populations in the United States and share our recommendations on what might be done to ameliorate the current situation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1951-1954
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 15 2020


  • COVID-19
  • Geographic disparity
  • Racial disparity
  • Rural settings
  • SARS-CoV2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases


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