The Striking Racial Divide in How Covid-19 Has Hit Nursing Homes

Bria of Belleville, a rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility in Belleville, Illinois.
Whitney Curtis for The New York Times

Date Published: May 21, 2020

Source: The New York Times

COVID-19 has been exacerbating inequities already existing in society, and in the case of long-term care and nursing homes, this is doubly apparent. In the United States, nursing homes where African-Americans and Latinos make up a significant portion of residents have been hit the hardest – twice as likely to be impacted than when the residents of the nursing homes were instead mostly white. This disparity remained even after controlling for the size of the nursing home, the infection rate of the surrounding area, and the population density of the neighbourhood. And in nursing homes, when one case is reported, this often leads to a local outbreak, as everyone in the home is susceptible to infection. In the United States, at least 106,000 people in nursing facilities have gotten ill from COVID-19 and at least 19,000 people have died, though many experts say this is an undercount. This is in line with recent data that has shown that people of colour are especially at risk during the pandemic.

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Summary by: Vincent Tang