COVID-19 in Confinement

Sep 17, 2020

At a time when self-isolation is the best way to avoid the pandemic, we examine two places where people have no choice but to live with strangers: nursing homes and prisons. 


We start with Reveal’s Elizabeth Shogren, who’s been looking at why COVID-19 is spreading so quickly in nursing homes. It turns out that many have had long-standing issues with controlling infections. 


Then host Al Letson speaks with Nicole Lewis, a staff writer for The Marshall Project. After several outbreaks of COVID-19 in the prison system, the Justice Department came up with a plan that was supposed to protect prisoners and staff. But it hasn’t carried it out. 


We end with a profile from Reveal’s Michael Montgomery of a recently released prisoner who’s turned his life around and now is working to protect homeless people in San Francisco from the pandemic.