Covid-19 : World Sacrifices Elderly

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Day 95: Stay Safe Minnesota

More than 70% of coronavirus-related deaths in Minnesota came from the senior care facilities.

The CNN’s Emma Reynolds reported in an article published in last month that in UK and other European countries the highest death from covid-19 related cases was due to prioritization of hospitals over senior care facilities. “The UK is not alone. Many other nations were slow to respond to the threat at care home facilities, and the consequences have been devastating” writes Reynolds.

The world sacrificed its elderly in the race to protect hospitals. The result was a catastrophe in care homes.

CNN

“Care homes are typically paid for through a combination of government funding and private fees, the LSE noted, meaning there is a huge variation in quality of care and that people of low socio-economic status fare the worst. This has only been exacerbated by the crisis, it said.”

Silent Suffering

Emma Reynolds of CNN writes: “There were similar issues throughout the sector — people with chronic conditions living in close proximity; caregivers spreading infection between residents and facilities; and staff shortages due to sickness, isolation and low pay”.

Care homes were dubbed “ground zero” of the outbreak that quickly enveloped the US, and the failure to control the spread at one Seattle facility had ‘statewide and national effects’. [..] Although many prefer not to think about nursing homes, they are a critical safety net for frail older adults and part of the fabric of our society.

Journal of the American Medical Association (source: CNN)

According to the New York Times analysis, “43% of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. are linked to nursing homes. The virus has infected more than 282,000 people at some 12,000 facilities. At least 54,000 residents and workers have died from the coronavirus at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for older adults in the United States.”

Source: screenshot from The New York times

The above table shows that in Minnesota, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Conneticut had more than 70 percent of coronavirus-related deaths are linked to nursing homes.

“There’s been a lot of focus in hospitals and focus on community transmission, but not in care homes. And I think that reflects the low status that the care sector has in many countries,” told Comas-Herrera to CNN. Indeed, the World sacrificed the most vulnerable elderly.

Coronavirus Pandemic Watch

According to the MDH latest tally (as of June 28, 11 a.m.) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 35,549 (out of 585,417 tested) with 1,425 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of June 28, 12:30 p.m.) there are 2,531,733 confirmed covid19 infection with 125,691 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 10,044,731 with 499,892 deaths.