For families with loved ones in nursing homes, a lot of fear and little information

Colorado Public Radio: On April 6, Wendy Dikes got an upsetting email from her mother that said that her roommate at the Mesa Vista nursing home in Boulder was getting sick. 

“My roommate coughs, and hacks like she is about to throw up,” Brenda Dikes, 69, said in the email. 

Brenda figured that her roommate’s smoking caused the cough, but noted that nurses had left the roommate a mask to wear whenever she left the room.

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