Opinion | What’s It Like to Live in a Nursing Home During a Pandemic?

Many residents of nursing homes are in precarious situations because of Covid-19. On top of spending months isolated from loved ones, nursing home residents are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus. A New York Times analysis found that 38 percent of coronavirus deaths are tied to long-term care facilities.

We’re looking for essays — 400 to 1,000 words — written by nursing home residents about what it’s like to live through a pandemic in older age. What has changed about your life? How have you coped? What, if anything, have you learned? Tell us some stories — funny, sad or otherwise — about what you or your peers have experienced.

If it’s difficult to submit your story on your own, we welcome the help of caregivers, family members or friends who may be able to submit on your behalf.

Please share your response by Monday, Dec. 28. We plan to publish a selection of these short essays in the new year.

Nursing Home Residents: How Are You Faring This Year?

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