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The spread of coronavirus in nursing homes disproportionately impacts women: Four out of five people in the senior living workforce, and over two-thirds of those living in nursing homes, are women.
And the situation is bound to get worse before it gets better. On April 25, NBC News
Three states hit hard by the pandemic—New York, New Jersey and California—have ordered nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to accept coronavirus patients discharged from hospitals. The policy, intended to help clear in-demand hospital beds for sicker patients, has prompted sharp criticism from the nursing home industry, staff members and concerned families, as well as some leading public health experts.
“Nursing homes are working so hard to keep the virus out, and now we’re going to be introducing new COVID-positive patients?” asked David Grabowski, a professor of health policy at Harvard Medical School.
Nursing homes have been a cause for concern since the onset of the coronavirus, when
one nursing home in Seattle
had an outbreak that resulted in 129 coronavirus infections and a shocking 40 deaths. The spread is thought to have taken hold at the nursing home as early as February 12.
But the trend of nursing homes becoming hotbeds for the virus is nationwide, as MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow
on April 9:
“Pick anywhere in this country, and look at the local press there, and … what you will find … is a story … about a nursing home, an assisted living facility, a long-term care facility, a group home for adults with disabilities, a soldier’s home for elderly veterans, … a congregate living facility, particularly for disabled or elderly Americans, where they’ve got cases. Where they’ve got deaths. Where the staff is testing positive, and they’ve got profound worries, and they do not know what they’re going to do.”
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