In the era of coronavirus, hospital workers have received much praise. For weeks, the people of New York City cheered hospital workers every night at 7 p.m. The practice of collective cheering started in Wuhan, China, according to The New York Times. Like the virus, this ritual traveled to the United States.
People expressing their gratitude has been a positive aspect of the pandemic; it’s a recognition of the work others do, often at great risk to themselves, and how that work benefits society. Hospital workers in the era of COVID-19? You bet they deserve appreciation.
Nevertheless, one group of workers hasn’t received as much recognition, despite being in a similar at-risk category. These unsung heroes are the people who work in nursing homes and other long-term senior care facilities.
A lot has been written about nursing home residents, and the risks they face. But the workers in these facilities haven’t gotten much coverage.
Facts and figures
Yet, nursing homes and long-term senior care facilities are where the pandemic has been most concentrated.
As of mid-June, deaths among staff and residents in these facilities reached 50,000, accounting for 40% of the 116,000 total U.S. fatalities related to COVID-19, according to
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