The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has devastated US nursing homes. Thousands of facilities nationwide have reported cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff.1 Although less than 0.5% of the total US population (approximately 1.5 million people) live in nursing homes, nursing home residents have accounted for approximately 25% of the documented deaths due to COVID-19. Some states (such as Massachusetts and Pennsylvania) and some European countries (such as France and Ireland) have reported that residents of nursing homes account for 50% of the deaths.1 Virtually all nursing homes are in full lockdown mode with residents unable to see their families or participate in communal meals or activities. Many staff are concerned they will contract the virus, and severe staff shortages exist because many workers are unable or unwilling to work in conditions characterized by insufficient testing and personal protective equipment (PPE).
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Corresponding Author: David C. Grabowski, PhD, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, 180 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Published Online: May 22, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.8524
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Grabowski reported receiving research support from the National Institute on Aging, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Arnold Foundation, and the Warren Alpert Foundation; serving on a scientific advisory committee for and receiving personal fees from naviHealth; receiving personal fees from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, Vivacitas, CareLinx, Compass Lexecon, Abt Associates, Analysis Group, and the Research Triangle Institute. Dr Mor reported receiving research support from the National Institute on Aging, the VA Health Services Research and Development Service, and the Seqeris Corporation via Insight Therapeutics Inc; and chairing a scientific advisory board for and receiving personal fees from naviHealth.
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