The finance blog Consumer Affairs highlighted a new study by the University of Cincinnati that found the omicron variant of COVID-19 disproportionately affected rural counties in the United States.
The fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2021 and early 2022 spread quickly in congested urban counties, researchers in UC’s College of Arts and Sciences found. But it caused more deaths in rural counties where vaccinations are lagging.
The latest study by the University of Cincinnati, published in the journal Frontiers in Medicine, revealed striking disparities in health care between urban and rural America.
Despite the lower overall mortality rate among infected patients from omicron compared to earlier variants, unvaccinated people were more than twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as vaccinated patients. Researchers concluded that vaccines make a huge difference in patient outcomes despite the high number of breakthrough cases of omicron among vaccinated patients.
Researchers say the study shows how effective vaccination is to protect people from the virus.
Read the Consumer Affairs story.