Taking on COVID-19 With One Doctor

It doesn’t take many patients to trigger a health care crisis in a poor rural community like Lowndes County, Alabama. It has no hospital and 1 doctor.

Enter COVID-19 and an infection rate rivaling that of the New York City’s hardest-hit ZIP Code during its peak. 
 
In Lowndes County—which is 72% African-American—poverty, pre-existing conditions, and the lack of Medicaid expansion were already intractable problems. 7 rural hospitals in Alabama have shuttered since 2010, and those that remain are overrun with coronavirus patients.
 
“This is beyond an epidemic in this area,” pulmonologist William Saliski told the Montgomery city council.
 
Bloomberg News

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