FitFoodie wrote:My mom died of probable covid last month.
Please accept my deep condolences for the loss of your mother last month, in circumstances in which I doubt you were able to be with her. My aunt (and godmother) also died last month in a nursing home within days of having what was assumed to be aspiration pneumonia, but tested as COVID-19. My understanding from taking a course to be a COVID-19 Case investigator and Contact Tracer, is that it appears to be the "congregate housing" of many people who share communal sleeping, eating and socializing areas, and who often require personal assistance in feeding, toileting, dressing and other daily living skills, which increases the likelihood of viral particles entering the nose, mouth or eyes. Once they have the virus, their underlying risk factor of age (the immune system may not respond as effectively) and high likelihood of other risk factors (underlying heart disease, reduced strength and mobility, reduced ability to recognize and alert staff to symptoms) make these wonderful loved ones more susceptible.FitFoodie wrote:I hope the researchers analyze the role of long term care facilities in this data.
My mom died of probable covid last month. She was 88, in late stage of alz/dementia and in a memory care unit. She passed within 3 days of starting a fever. It's unclear how many people in her unit died/are dying of covid, but the number is not small. I could see her roommate's emptied-out side of the room via Skype. I believe the greater vulnerability to Covid is in the communal setting many people with alz/dementia find themselves in, not so much their pre-existing condition. (I don't know what my mom's apoe status was.)
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