The Positive Side of Medicine

COVID Meds Mystery Uncovered: Why Nursing Homes Missed the Mark!

Share This Post

A recent study conducted by researchers at Harvard University sheds light on concerning disparities in the utilization of antiviral medications for COVID-19 treatment in nursing homes during the pandemic. The study analyzed data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Healthcare Safety Network for the period of May 2021 to December 2022, providing valuable insights into the administration of life-saving medications in these facilities.

Low Utilization of Antiviral Medications

The study revealed that a mere 18% of COVID-19 cases in nursing homes received antiviral treatment, even after easier-to-administer and widely available oral treatments were authorized. Shockingly, only 1 in 4 nursing home residents had access to these essential medications, despite meeting the clinical guidelines for antiviral consideration.

Contributing Factors to Disparities

By the end of last year, a staggering 40% of nursing homes reported never using any antiviral treatments. Strikingly, the research found that for-profit and lower-quality facilities, along with those housing higher shares of Medicaid and non-white residents, were less likely to administer antiviral medications. These disparities in medication usage likely contributed to variations in COVID hospitalizations and deaths among nursing home residents.

Implications for Vulnerable Populations

The study’s findings underscore the impact of these disparities on vulnerable populations within nursing homes. Residents of facilities with limited access to antiviral treatments may have experienced increased health risks, hospitalizations, and potentially preventable deaths, revealing the urgent need for targeted interventions.

Addressing Discrepancies

Efforts to address these discrepancies are vital to ensure equitable access to life-saving treatments for all nursing home residents during public health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare authorities and policymakers must prioritize interventions to improve medication utilization in nursing homes, particularly in facilities serving disadvantaged populations.

The publication of this study in the Journal of the American Medical Association serves as a wake-up call to the healthcare community, urging the need for comprehensive strategies to bridge the gap in antiviral medication usage among nursing home residents. By identifying and addressing the factors contributing to these disparities, we can work towards achieving better healthcare outcomes for vulnerable populations during future public health emergencies.

More To Explore


To be yourself

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something is the greatest accomplishment.    

5 Common Causes of Low Libido in Women
guest blogs

5 Common Causes of Low Libido in Women

If you’re a woman that is struggling to get in the mood for sex, you’re not alone. There are many reasons why you might be

Awesome in Web

“Angry Birds” dessert!

If you’re a fan of Angry Birds or you played once, you’d be fascinated with these desserts of the green piggies:        

all positive experiences

Mmmmmmm Parfaits :)

Parfait is from the French word for perfect, and these desserts really are! My sister and her husband and 4 kids have been doing the

Scroll to Top