How COVID-19 exploded from the chaos within nursing homes

SAN JOSE, Calif. — To Dr. Mehrdad Ayati, it became clear in early March that nursing homes were about to explode as major incubators of coronavirus outbreaks.The geriatric care specialist who teaches at Stanford and his colleagues were fielding desperate questions from skilled nursing facilities asking how they could protect patients and staff from getting COVID-19.Where could they find personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns and gloves for their staff? If their mostly elderly patients started showing COVID-19 symptoms, should they keep them inside or transfer them to hospitals?“Nob...


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