It’s Time for an End-of-Life Discussion About Nursing Homes

June 29, 2020

(Wired) – Some of the most shocking stories of coronavirus come from one particular setting: nursing homes. People unable to contact their parents or loved ones; bodies piled up in makeshift morgues; nurses without protective equipment abandoning their posts; those who are still alive left alone in squalor for days. It’s not hard to see why the deadly pathogen hits these places hard. Residents are usually old and often immunocompromised; they’re housed in close quarters; and they share community and dining spaces. Indeed, the AARP estimates that at least 43,000 nursing home residents and staff have already died from Covid-19, which would represent about one-third of all known pandemic deaths in the United States.