Nursing homes have been at the center of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak since the beginning and account for a third of all deaths. Yet while some facilities have seen severe outbreaks, others have reported relatively few cases.

Anna Amirkhanyan, Austin McCrea and Kenneth J. Meier, public policy scholars at American University, have been reviewing coronavirus cases and deaths at nursing homes across the country. They believe three factors largely determine how well a facility responds to an infectious disease outbreak.

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Life Care Center in Washington state was at the center of the U.S. outbreak back in early March. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Why some nursing homes are better than others at protecting residents and staff from COVID-19

Anna Amirkhanyan, American University School of Public Affairs; Austin McCrea, American University; Kenneth J Meier, American University

While nursing homes have accounted for more than half of COVID-19 deaths in some states, they've barely been a factor in others. Three experts explain why.


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