HealthDay Reports: Coronavirus Has Killed Thousands at US Nursing Homes
Experts share why nursing homes and long-term care facilities have been hit so hard by coronavirus.
TUESDAY, April 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The numbers are staggering: More than 3,600 nursing home and long-term care residents have died due to COVID-19 infections, with a huge number occurring in just the past two weeks.
The stories are tragic:
- A California nursing home with more than a third of residents infected with COVID-19 had to be evacuated when fearful staff didn't show up to work.
- Almost nine in 10 residents of a Massachusetts nursing home had COVID-19 infections.
- The National Guard was deployed to two New Jersey nursing homes hit especially hard with COVID-19 infections.
- A Pennsylvania nursing home believes all 450 residents, and its staff, have been infected with the virus.
What is it about nursing homes and long-term care facilities that makes them uniquely susceptible?