Washington Post: Caregivers on the front lines in nursing homes risk health, safety during pandemic

Washington Post: Caregivers on the front lines in nursing homes risk health, safety during pandemic. “In the parking lot of an assisted-living center in southern Illinois, Shalla McBride sat in a Buick stocked with hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes and prayed for her mother to watch over her. Her mother had reassured the family, McBride recalled, every time she went to work at a nursing home an hour’s drive north, hoping to help stave off the novel coronavirus that was sickening elderly residents. “I’ll be fine,” her mother had said, even as her throat began to hurt, her chest tightened and she lost her sense of taste and smell. The 65-year-old registered nurse died May 2 of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.”

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