New York has been hit harder by the coronavirus than any other state in America, with New York accounting for nearly a quarter of all coronavirus infections and deaths in the country. Nursing homes have been particularly badly hit, with a third of all coronavirus deaths across the United States occurring among nursing home residents and staff. Now, state legislators are calling for an investigation to find out why the virus has been so particularly devastating in nursing homes.
The coronavirus, also called COVID-19, is the largest public health crisis facing the United States right now, with more than a million confirmed cases and over 80,000 dead. Even as some states begin to relax their quarantines, the death toll remains high, with New York being particularly hard hit. Medical facilities have been overwhelmed by the sheer number of cases, and nursing homes have suffered especially badly during the crisis.
There have been several possible proposed reasons why nursing homes have been so hard hit. First, nursing home residents tend to be older and in poorer health than the average citizen, making them more vulnerable to infection. Additionally, nursing homes are enclosed areas where infectious diseases can quickly spread from person to person, even when appropriate sanitation measures are implemented.
However, that does not explain why the death toll is also so high among nursing home staff, and some legislators want to investigate what measures nursing homes are taking to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Many nursing homes are habitually understaffed, and many do not follow infection control protocols as they should, which could contribute to the spread of the disease. Thus, these legislators have proposed launching an independent probe, looking into these deaths and their possible causes.
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