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Rural Buzz: Swing-State Social-Media Users Battle over Covid-19 Facts and What They Mean

Rural social-media users in six swing states can’t agree on the facts, much less what those facts mean about the coronavirus pandemic, according to this week’s One Country social media analysis. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump saw a slight reduction in the amount of criticism he received in rural social media posts. Anti-Trump political statements dropped […]

Rural Counties with Covid-19 Cases from Meatpacking Have Infection Rates 5 Times Higher

Rural counties that contain meatpacking plants with outbreaks of Covid-19 have infection rates that are five times higher on average than the rest of rural America. Of the rural counties with the highest infection rates, most contain slaughterhouses where workers have contracted Covid-19. These rural counties also rank among those hardest hit by the disease […]

Covid-19 Crisis Puts Pressure on Farmers’ Mental Health

This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a news collaborative covering public health. Bill Tentinger has been a hog farmer in Iowa for 50 years. He’s been through droughts, market crashes and even other viral outbreaks. But he said this pandemic is even worse. “We’ve experienced everything and I gotta tell you I […]

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