The Consequences of Ignoring Nursing Homes

Countries around the world have long excluded nursing homes from their pandemic preparedness plans, and now the consequences are being sorely felt, the New York Times reports.
 
Belgium has become the unfortunate poster child of a “lethally ineffective” response when it comes to nursing homes, excluding nursing home patients from the government testing policy. Médecins Sans Frontières staff, more accustomed to war zones, were called in to help.
 
And in Hong Kong, the “third wave” of infections in the past month has skewed older, homing in on care homes and older communities where patients have more underlying health conditions and have been less responsive to treatment, according to the South China Morning Post.  

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