Sep 3, 2020
COVID-19 has created a perfect storm in nursing homes. As noted in a recent Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) article by Joe Ouslander and David Grabowski, the storm is created by the confluence risks, including a vulnerable population that develop atypical presentations of COVID-19, staffing shortages due to viral infection, inadequate resources including testing and personal protective equipment (PPE), and lack of effective treatments. The result? Nearly half of COVID-19-related deaths in the US occur in people cared for in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and about a quarter of all facilities have had at least one COVID case. On this weeks podcast, we talk to Dr. Ouslander about his JAGS article on this perfect storm, as well as strategies that one can take from a clinical, public health, and policy interventions to help calm the storm. In particular Joe summarizes a lot of research published in JAGS lately on COVID-19 (visit GeriPal.org for links to these research articles).