COVID-19 Life in Rural Missouri

Why does it seem like no big deal?

What are the factors leading to confusion?

  • No one really knows someone with the virus and if they do it was “a fella at church”.
  • The Governor of Missouri is publicly visiting small businesses without using a mask or much social distancing.
  • The local health departments are telling residents to use masks and wash their hands regularly.
  • Local farmers markets are telling vendors to use masks but not requiring them for patrons when just a week earlier they were requiring everyone to remain in their cars.
  • National chain stores are using a one-size-fits-all approach to opening up.
  • The US Airforce is performing flyovers to draw large crowds into the streets.

What are peoples’ daily lives looking like?

What can we learn from all of this?

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