COVID-19 and Nursing Homes: Understanding State-Level Variation

Alex Brill and Benedic Ippolito | AEIdeas

Nursing homes have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, but recently released data show that the severity of outbreaks in these facilities has varied substantially across the United States. Some have argued that policy decisions have driven the variation in outcomes observed in nursing homes, while a competing theory is that nursing home outbreaks largely mirror the surrounding area. In this blog post, we measure how closely outcomes within nursing homes track with outcomes in non-nursing home populations within states.

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