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Listen: Could COVID Outbreaks In Nursing Homes Be Linked To Dated Architecture?

Donna Sullivan visits with her longtime partner, Walter Zbikowski, through a window at Parkway Pavilion at Enfield nursing home.
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Donna Sullivan visits with her longtime partner, Walter Zbikowski, through a window at Parkway Pavilion at Enfield nursing home.

A Hartford architect says outdated nursing home designs probably contributed to the rampant spread of the coronavirus among nursing home communities. Myles Brown, a principal at Amenta Emma Architects, says many nursing homes statewide are decades old and were designed in a way that discourages social distancing. Though he acknowledges the cost of either retrofitting existing homes or building new ones will be high, he says the cost of doing nothing will be higher. He spoke on All Things Considered.

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John Henry Smith is Connecticut Public’s host of All Things Considered, its flagship afternoon news program. In his 20th year as a professional broadcaster, he’s covered both news and sports.

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