The Impact of COVID-19 on Non-COVID Care and Population Health

Author: Joel Segel

Article Topics: health care, rural, hospitals Much of the attention surrounding COVID-19 has focused on the incidence, the risk factors, and the medical needs of COVID-19 patients as well as the profound economic impact of the pandemic. However, an increasing area of emphasis is the profound effect the pandemic has had on non-COVID related medical care. This has important impacts not only on population health but also the financial health of providers, which can be critical to ensuring ongoing access to care currently and into the future. Here I describe the potential non-COVID population health impacts of the pandemic and how those may…

Economic Recovery in the Face of COVID-19

Author: Göktuğ Morçöl, Ph.D.

Article Topics: economy, Pennsylvania, rural, urban Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has affected Pennsylvania’s economy in a way that has no comparison in recent history. The state’s and the nation’s economies are in the worst recession since the Great Depression of 1929 and its effects are likely to be felt for a long time. As of the writing of this post (late June 2020), after months-long mitigation efforts, Pennsylvania’s counties have begun reopening their economies. Now, a key question is, which counties are more likely to recover from the COVID-19 recession in a robust manner? It is not easy to answer this question, because the…