The nursing homes of New York state became COVID-19 super spreaders last spring under the misrule of Gov. Andrew Cuomo — some 6,600 residents have died in them, in part because he sent many infected residents back to their homes.
Yet there is a small bright spot. A recent Health Affairs study found that New York nursing homes where the staff was unionized had a 30 percent lower rate of death than those that were not. A likely reason was that unionized staff were better able to obtain PPE for themselves, “one mechanism that may link unions to lower COVID-19 mortality rates,” note the authors.