Covid cases and deaths in nursing homes are getting worse


Sr. Jeanne Arsenault returns to her room after breakfast at St. Chretienne Retirement Residence, a home for Catholic nuns in Marlborough, MA on August 26, 2020. Arsenault fell ill to COVID-19 during the outbreak.

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The coronavirus death toll at U.S. nursing homes at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic was brutal and unrelenting.

The Life Care Center nursing home outside Seattle made international headlines in March after the coronavirus infected residents and staff, resulting in at least 123 cases and dozens of deaths. In New Jersey, public officials discovered 17 bodies piled into a makeshift morgue in a nursing home in April when Covid-19 fatalities overwhelmed the facility.

Nursing homes, which house the most vulnerable of society, quickly became ground zero for countless coronavirus outbreaks across the U.S. in the early months of the pandemic. While the outbreak subsided somewhat this

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Polish doctors fear high rate of positive COVID tests show pandemic worse than it appears


By Joanna Plucinska



a person riding on the back of a car: A staff member works at a mobile coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test centre in Warsaw


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A staff member works at a mobile coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test centre in Warsaw

WARSAW (Reuters) – Waldemar Witecki from the southwestern Polish town of Zagan was a healthy 64-year-old with no pre-existing conditions when he first developed a fever and chills around mid-October.

He was diagnosed with flu, even though he had come into contact with someone with COVID-19. He only get a test 10 days later, by which time he was critically ill. On Nov. 7, three weeks after first showing symptoms, he was dead.



a group of people in a room: A coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emergency workers train at the international industrial fair in Poznan


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A coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emergency workers train at the international industrial fair in Poznan

Poland has one of the lowest testing rates in the European Union and one of the highest proportions of positive tests, which some doctors suggest means the pandemic may be far more widespread in the community than it appears.



a truck is parked on the side of a building: A temporary coronavirus disease (COVID-19) hospital at the International Congress Centre is pictured in Katowice


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The country reported more than 2,100 deaths in a single day. Things are projected to get worse


More than 2,100 Covid-19 deaths were reported in the US on Tuesday — making it the highest single day death toll the country has seen since early May.



a box truck that is sitting on the ground: A medical worker wheels the remains of a COVID-19 victim to a mobile morgue at the El Paso County Office of Medical Examiner and Forensic Laboratory on Nov. 9. County Judge Ricardo Samaniego is having to use the mobile morgues and Texas National Guard personnel to deal with a crush of local coronavirus deaths.  Syndication El Paso Times


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A medical worker wheels the remains of a COVID-19 victim to a mobile morgue at the El Paso County Office of Medical Examiner and Forensic Laboratory on Nov. 9. County Judge Ricardo Samaniego is having to use the mobile morgues and Texas National Guard personnel to deal with a crush of local coronavirus deaths. Syndication El Paso Times

The most deaths in a single day were recorded April 15 — 2,603 people.

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When cases and hospitalizations began to surge weeks ago, officials predicted deaths would soon follow. Daily cases haven’t dipped below 100,000 in three weeks. And for the 15th consecutive day, the US beat its own hospitalization record, with now more than 88,000

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Some places were short on nurses before the virus. The pandemic is making it much worse.


“Our nurses are working longer shifts, a majority are picking up extra shifts, and we’re still short-staffed,” McKamey said, attributing the crisis in part to a hospital policy of reducing personnel in recent years. “We are taking on more patients than what we can really handle and what our patients deserve.”

As the virus stampedes across the country, setting previously unimaginable infection records nearly every day of its third major surge, some hospitals are desperately searching for staffers and paying dearly for it.

There is record demand for travel nurses, who take out-of-town assignments on short-term contracts of 13 weeks or less at elevated wages. Per-diem nurses, who are willing to take a shift or two in their local hospitals, have been pressed into service. The military is chipping in.

And still, in some places, it is not nearly enough.

“This is a disaster everywhere. This is outstripping capacity in

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India coronavirus: How air pollution is making Delhi’s covid surge worse


Sarkar’s son and older brother were both infected with the novel coronavirus. Although her son recovered, her brother died in October. This year is “particularly frightening,” she said.

Delhi is battling both toxic air and a record surge in coronavirus cases. Doctors and scientists say the combination will have deadly consequences, as exposure to pollution increases the risk of severe respiratory illnesses. Air pollution also makes people more prone to infections, they say.

India has recorded more than 8.7 million coronavirus cases, second only to the United States. While fresh cases nationwide have fallen sharply since September, Delhi is an exception to the trend.

The city is adding more than 7,000 cases a day, and that figure is expected to rise. More than 100 covid deaths were reported in Delhi on Thursday, a record. Meanwhile, the number of open hospital beds equipped with ventilators is dwindling.

The fresh wave of

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