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Sociological Analysis of Omicron's Influences on Kentucky Counties

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Sarah CooperFollow

Presenter Hometown

Hodgenville

Major

Forensic Science with Biology Concentration, Sociology

Department

Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

James N. Maples, PhD

Mentor Department

Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work

Abstract

This study explores sociological explanations for Covid-19 incidence rates among Kentucky counties. The authors examine how incidence rates varied pre/post-Omicron variant based on a county’s educational attainment, poverty rates, political perspective, health status, and place status (Appalachian status, metropolitan status). The authors discovered that none of these variables effectively explained differences in county-level Covid-19 rates before Omicron. However, once Omicron became the prevalent variant in Kentucky, metropolitan status, Appalachian status, two measures of poverty rates, political perspective, and three measures of educational attainment all predicted differences in mean Covid-19 incidence rates.

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Sociological Analysis of Omicron's Influences on Kentucky Counties

This study explores sociological explanations for Covid-19 incidence rates among Kentucky counties. The authors examine how incidence rates varied pre/post-Omicron variant based on a county’s educational attainment, poverty rates, political perspective, health status, and place status (Appalachian status, metropolitan status). The authors discovered that none of these variables effectively explained differences in county-level Covid-19 rates before Omicron. However, once Omicron became the prevalent variant in Kentucky, metropolitan status, Appalachian status, two measures of poverty rates, political perspective, and three measures of educational attainment all predicted differences in mean Covid-19 incidence rates.