COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: The Problematic Management of Residents Without Positive COVID-19 RT-PCR

Document Type : Letter to Editor


1 Department of Geriatric Medicine, University Hospital of Amiens-Picardie, Amiens, France

2 Laboratory of Functional Neurosciences (EA 4559), University of Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France


COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: The Problematic Management of Residents Without Positive COVID-19 RT-PCR


Main Subjects


Dear Editor,

Since December 2019, a pandemic linked to the new coronavirus severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), now known as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has spread throughout the world. Subjects with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic or present with fever, cough, dyspnea and around 15% may develop acute respiratory distress syndrome. Because older adults are among the most at risk of developing these complications,1 several recommendations have been established to better protect this group against the risk of contagion... (Read more...)

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Volume 9, Issue 11
November 2020
Pages 491-492
  • Receive Date: 18 May 2020
  • Revise Date: 09 June 2020
  • Accept Date: 09 June 2020
  • First Publish Date: 01 November 2020