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January 12, 2021 56 min
Dr. Wasserman says the federal government and the nursing home industry hasn’t done enough to care for our older, most vulnerable adults As the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the globe, there were 2.1 million Americans living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. According to a December report from AARP, the COVID 19 virus has claimed the lives of at least 106,000 residents and nursing home staff, which accounts for 39% of all of the deaths from the virus in the U.S. and much of it could have been prevented. Dr. Wasserman points the finger at poor government oversight, lack of accountability and an industry that places profit ahead of people as the culprits. This comes at a time when public health experts are predicting a surge in cases after holiday gatherings, increased time indoors during the winter weather, and a new strain which is spreading across the globe. He says the roll out for the vaccine was ill prepared, and whatever plan was in place was a bad one.
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