The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has already taken measures to deal with the spread of the coronavirus, to help protect disabled veterans from the impact of the disease. Of particular concern are those disabled veterans currently residing in VA nursing homes, who are particularly vulnerable to the infection. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie has tried to reassure veterans and their families, saying: “We will get over this and we will make sure everything is done to protect those who have done so much for our country.”
The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is an infectious disease marked by flu-like symptoms, such as a dry cough, difficulty breathing and a high fever. The coronavirus can spread through coughing, contact with a contaminated surface or contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids, such as their blood, sweat or mucous. An infected person may not show symptoms for up to two weeks after infection, although they can still potentially spread the disease during this time.
The VA runs around 135 nursing homes, caring for more than 8,000 veterans, all of whom could be in danger if the coronavirus was brought into their communities. A handful of veterans have already tested positive for coronavirus at VA medical facilities in California, Nevada and Louisiana, although thankfully no cases have yet been found among nursing home residents. Secretary Wilkie says the VA is taking appropriate measures to try to protect disabled veterans from the coronavirus, and that the VA has started screening everyone coming to VA hospitals for potential coronavirus infection, isolating anyone who is potentially infectious.
The attorneys of Sullivan & Kehoe place a special focus on assisting disabled veterans. Our veterans’ disability lawyers may be able to assist you or a loved one in obtaining VA disability benefits. Call our office at (800) 395 -7830 to schedule a consultation in our New York City, Garden City, Kings Park, Riverhead, or White Plains office, or visit our contact page.