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1 in 5 U.S. nursing homes short on protective gear

Christian Fernsby |
One in five U.S. nursing homes faced severe shortages of protective gear like N95 masks this summer even as the Trump administration pledged to help, according to a study released Thursday that finds facilities in areas hard-hit by coronavirus also struggled to keep staff.

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Significantly, there was no improvement from May to July in the shortages of personal protective equipment, known as PPE, or in the staffing shortfalls, according to the analysis of federal data by academic researchers.

The summer has seen the coronavirus surge across the South, and much of the West and Midwest.

People living in long term care facilities represent less than 1% of the U.S.

population, but account for 43% of coronavirus deaths, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Similar glaring disparities have been seen with nursing home residents in other countries, but in the U.S. the issue has become politically sensitive for President Donald Trump, who is trying to hang on to support from older voters in his reelection bid.