American Geriatrics Society Policy Brief: COVID-19 and Nursing Homes

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 May;68(5):908-911. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16477. Epub 2020 Apr 29.


This policy brief sets forth the American Geriatrics Society's (AGS's) recommendations to guide federal, state, and local governments when making decisions about care for patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in nursing homes (NHs) and other long-term care facilities (LTCFs). The AGS continues to review guidance set forth in peer-reviewed articles and editorials, as well as ongoing and updated guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other key agencies. This brief is based on the situation and any federal guidance/actions as of April 4, 2020. It is focused on NHs and other LTCFs, given their essential role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. J Am Geriatr Soc 68:908-911, 2020.

Keywords: COVID-19; geriatrics; long-term care; coronavirus; nursing home.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / therapy*
  • Geriatrics*
  • Health Policy*
  • Humans
  • Nursing Homes*
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / therapy*
  • Residential Facilities
  • Societies, Medical
  • United States / epidemiology

Supplementary concepts

  • COVID-19