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A patient is loaded into an ambulance at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington (foto AP)
Flowers left next to the sign that marks the entrance to the car park of the Life Care Center in Kirkland (foto Reuters)
The Life Care Center, in Kirkland, Washington, said that 15 of its patients had died of the new Corona Virus.
Some of the victims had gone from “no symptoms to death in just a matter of a few hours“, staff warned.
Tim Killian, a spokesman for the care home, told the New York Times: “It was surprising and shocking to us that we have seen that level of escalation from symptoms to death.”
He said that six other residents were ill and the rest were in the process of being tested.
⚠️ Not enough test kits
Three workers were in hospital – one of them had been confirmed as having the Corona Virus.
Meanwhile, 70 of the care homes’ 180 members of staff were also sick – but there weren’t enough test kits for them, Mr Killian added.
Health experts have said that care at the nursing home should be prioritised as it mainly houses elderly people.
From the little known about the new Corona Virus so far, experts believe it is impacting older people the most.
They are at a higher risk of developing serious complications, such as pneumonia, and death.
Corona Virus is also thought to be deadlier for those with underlying health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung problems.
The total number of people killed by Covid 19 in the US has reached 31 – with 24 of those recorded in Washington State.
Kirkland Fire & Rescue ambulance workers walk back to a vehicle after a patient was loaded into an ambulance (foto AP)
A worker transports donations of bottled water from Life Community Church in Washington (foto Reuters)
Medics transport a patient into an ambulance at the Life Care Center (foto Reuters)
Timothy Killian, for Life Care Center of Kirkland, holds a daily press update outside the Seattle area nursing home (foto Reuters)
There have also been more than 1,000 positive cases of the bug since the outbreak began in January.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Fox News:
⚠️ “Don’t go to crowded places, think twice before a long plane trip, and for goodness sake don’t go on any cruises.”
⚠️ “Don’t wait for community spread. Now is the time to do social distancing, whether there is spread in your community or not.”
It comes as researchers say that it can take up to five days for symptoms of the bug to show.
The new study, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the US, found that the average incubation period is 5.1 days.