Rapid COVID-19 tests can be useful – but there are far too few to put a dent in the pandemic

In September, production of rapid tests really ramped up in the US. But due to low accuracy and massive numbers needed, these tests alone are unlikely to have much of an effect on the pandemic.

Katherine Ellingson, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Arizona • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

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Is it safe to visit family in nursing homes this holiday?

Can you visit nursing homes safely as COVID-19 rages on through the holidays? An expert explains what's safe and how you can protect your loved ones.

Saralyn Cruickshank-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Nov. 25, 2020 ~7 min

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Why nursing home aides exposed to COVID-19 aren’t taking sick leave

Over one-third of America’s COVID-19 deaths have been nursing home residents. Employee policies, particularly for low-paid aides, have sharply raised the risk.

Tara Sklar, Professor of Health Law and Director, Health Law & Policy Program, University of Arizona • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~8 min

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Amid a raging pandemic, the US faces a nursing shortage. Can we close the gap?

The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on another US medical emergency: a serious shortage of nurses.

Rayna M Letourneau, Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of South Florida • conversation
Nov. 20, 2020 ~8 min

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7 tips for staying safe as COVID-19 cases rise and colder weather heightens the risk

Social distancing can get tougher in the fall and winter. These simple steps can help keep you and yours loved ones healthy.

Melissa Burdi, Dean, Purdue Global School of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
Oct. 19, 2020 ~7 min

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Tally of nursing home deaths during Irma was too low

Hurricane Irma killed many more people in nursing homes in Florida than officials counted, report researchers.

Brown University • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~7 min

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Tuned lighting helps older adults get a good night’s sleep

Tuned LED lighting that changes color and intensity over the course of a day and night helps older adults in nursing homes get a better night's sleep.

Brown University • futurity
Oct. 7, 2020 ~7 min

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School nurses should be leading the COVID-19 response, but many schools don't have one

School nurses were already overwhelmed, with hundreds of students and staff in their charge. Now, COVID-19 screenings and testing have become their priority.

Meg Sorg, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
Aug. 25, 2020 ~4 min

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20% of US nursing homes still report PPE shortages

Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing homes in the US continue to report severe shortages of staff and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Bob Marcotte-U. Rochester • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~6 min

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How one community improved COVID-19 nursing home care with collaboration and communication

A new approach is making a big difference in Virginia.

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, Associate Professor Medicine, Geriatrics, University of Virginia • conversation
Aug. 14, 2020 ~6 min

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