UNITED STATES – July 6, 2020 – According to an online news article posted on Forbes.com, nursing homes have been brutalized by the outbreak of the coronavirus. The country has lost over 116,000 lives to the deadly outbreak, but those deaths are not spread evenly throughout the population and various demographics. Of that total, more than 50,000 of those victims were connected to or living in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.
The high number of deaths among this vulnerable population has caused many to criticize the county’s failure to protect the elderly.
A recent report found that over 250,000 people working at or living in nursing homes or similar types of facilities contracted the coronavirus. While the current number of deaths is 50,919, the actual number will prove higher as there has been a discrepancy in reporting styles and lags in the data collection.
When it comes to understanding who is to blame for the tragic spread of the virus through these facilities, the issue becomes complicated. Governors in some states required these facilities to take in patients who were recovering from the virus leading to concerns over whether this introduced the disease to those most likely to die from complications. Others argue that the facilities are not doing well at keeping patients safe. Just over half of nursing homes have been evaluated for their response to the coronavirus and to determine whether the staff members were carrying out their duties with the appropriate level of caution.
Despite the damage done, the virus has not finished infecting Americans. Some estimates state that by October, over 201,000 lives will have been ended by the outbreak. In the midst of the continued spread of the disease, facilities are now trying to reopen.
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