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Nursing Home Staff Networks and COVID-19

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October 4, 2020

One likely cause of the spread of COVID-19 within the nursing home sector is the movement of nursing home staff between jobs at different facilities. This research study represents the first large-scale analysis of nursing home connections via shared staff and contractors using device-level geolocation data from 50 million smartphones.

https://www.anderson.ucla.edu/faculty_pages/keith.chen/papers/WP_Nursing_Home_Networks_and_COVID19.pdf

Key Takeaways

This research suggests that nursing homes on average share connections with 7 other facilities.
The number and strength of connections between nursing homes is a key predictor of COVID-19 outbreaks.
These results underscore the importance of ensuring jobs with full-time hours and livable wages.
 
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