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This review of the literature explores the impact of COVID-19 on the elderly, reasons for susceptibility, clinical features of the disease, and treatment challenges. Pathophysiological Changes in Older Adults Aging has been strongly associated with worse COVID-19 outcomes via mechanisms Read More
This retrospective cohort study evaluated the clinical characteristics of patients admitted to a UK hospital with community-acquired SARS-CoV-2 infections (particularly those over the age of 80), as well as nosocomial SARS-CoV-2 infections acquired by already hospitalized patients. 450 patients were Read More
The authors of this paper discuss a framework to consider the multiple reasons that residents of long term care facilities have been especially vulnerable to COVID-19. They specifically highlight frailty as a construct, which is already systematically measured in most Read More
This study is a cross-sectional analysis of Connecticut nursing homes to determine the correlation of nursing home registered nurses (RN staffing), overall quality of care, and concentration of Medicaid or racial and ethnic minority residents with COVID-19 cases and deaths Read More
A 150-bed skilled nursing facility utilized heat mapping to characterize the dissemination and spread of a severe outbreak of SARS-CoV-2. This technique in this publication overlaid colored indicators on top of a designated mapping space, in this case the facility Read More
Published on :  | By Daniel Orenstein

Ethics, Law & Policy Roundup: Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems

HEALTH CARE WORKERS This article focuses on the continued problem of nursing home staffing as highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before the pandemic, nursing home shortages of direct-care staff were common and persistent. The fact that nursing home residents Read More
Published on :  | By Liza Cohen

Review: Characteristics of U.S. nursing homes with COVID‐19 cases

This article discusses that across the US, nursing homes are reporting a high number of COVID-19 deaths among residents. As of May 21, 2020, at least 35,000 COVID-19 deaths in the US were of nursing home or long-term care facility Read More
This review was posted on behalf of Spencer Hofschulte-Beck, medical student at Marian University, and approved by Dr. Kathleen Unroe, IU School of Medicine Associate Professor, geriatrician, and IU Center for Aging Research Scientist. COVID-19 Testing of healthcare workers This Read More
This review was posted on behalf of Lauren Albert, IU School of Medicine student, and reviewed by Dr. Kathleen Unroe, IU School of Medicine Associate Professor, geriatrician, and IU Center for Aging Research Scientist. Intro 4 nursing homes in the Read More

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