If you have relatives in a nursing home during pandemic, get them out, experts advise

SAN FRANCISCO — The COVID 19 pandemic has laid bare the plight of U.S. seniors, who have been disproportionately infected and killed by the disease.

Eight out of 10 COVID deaths in the U.S. are seniors, aged 65 or older, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. Up to 70 percent of COVID hospitalizations are of people aged 85 and older.

The molecular impacts of COVID infections also increase the risk of depression and vulnerability to other illnesses for elderly people.