COVID-19 and the Future of Long-Term Care

Daughter Carmen Gray and grandson Tyler Schrock visit with Susan Hailey on Mother’s Day at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, a long-term care facility linked to several coronavirus deaths in Kirkland, Wash., May 10, 2020. (Lindsey Wasson/Reuters)
The coronavirus pandemic has created an impetus for change in the way we administer congregate care to those who need it.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE U niversity of California, Berkeley urban-policy professor Carol Galante, writing in the New York Times last week, argued that “now is the time” for cities “to embrace density.” She worried that NIMBY types might be emboldened by a coronavirus that preys on the closely congregated, and insisted that society has “an obligation to ignore the short-term reactionary impulse to blame density for the spread of the coronavirus and instead use this opportunity to rethink the policies that impede the construction of new housing, at more price levels, in the places where housing is most needed.”

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