Nine months after the CDC confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the United States, the nation is leading the world in COVID-related deaths and confirmed cases. Nowhere has the toll of the coronavirus been felt more than in our nation’s nursing homes. While accounting for only 6 percent of the total cases in the United States, almost 40 percent of all COVID-related deaths have been long-term care residents and staff.
Center for Medicare Advocacy, Senior Policy Attorney Toby Edelman and Health and Aging Policy Fellow, Cinnamon St. John are featured on the latest This is Getting Old podcast. On the podcast, Toby and Cinnamon discuss the complexities of what is happening in the nation’s nursing homes, along with strategies and potential policy changes to help stem the devastating losses occurring in these facilities. Watch the Podcast here.