‘They’ve been an afterthought’: millions of elderly Americans still vulnerable as pandemic caution wanes

The CDC dropped its mask recommendations for hospitals and nursing homes, except during times of high transmission or while providers are caring for severely immune-compromised patients. The move could make it even more difficult for those at risk, especially elderly people, to navigate health care settings and long-term care facilities safely. Older Americans who caught Covid were 1,000 times more likely to die than teenagers, according to a McKinsey report that predicted the “arrival of safe, effective vaccines makes the pain of that isolation a time-bound problem”

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