More than 100,000 Americans linked to nursing homes and long-term care facilities have now died due to COVID-19, according to a recent report.
But don’t tell that to Mayor de Blasio! Who, like other mayors or Governors, continues to lock down schools and churches which account for mere fractions of the total deaths.
Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to the highly-contagious virus, making assisted-living facilities and retirement centers particularly at risk. It is estimated that of the 260,000 U.S. coronavirus deaths recorded by Johns Hopkins University, long-term care facilities account for 40% of them.
Most senior communities have been particularly restrictive about access from outsiders and have instituted a rigid testing protocol for their staffs. Still, from the earliest days of the pandemic until now, once the virus reaches the community, suppressing an outbreak has proved difficult.
According to the CDC, deaths from Covid are heavily skewed to the elderly with those under 25 years-of-age only accounting for 0.2% of deaths (515 total deaths). Conversely, those 65 years and older account for 79.5% of all deaths.
Freeopp.org compared Covid and Flu fatalities and found that children under 15 are significantly more likely to die from seasonal flu than Covid.