In an interview, Bruce R. Troen, MD
, professor of medicine
and chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
, discusses topics related to COVID-19, including the spike of cases in nursing homes. “Unfortunately, nursing homes represent an environment that some might say is really a ‘perfect storm’ for both the transmission and subsequent very deleterious consequences for the coronavirus,” notes Troen. Residents and care staff are in close proximity in nursing homes, and “most of these residents are very vulnerable, frail, older adults, who — with multiple medical comorbidities — are at higher risk not just for catching the disease — but once getting the coronavirus, really can suffer dire consequences, and as we found out, death,” he said.