Mass virus test in French nursing home seeks to combat loneliness

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LORI HINNANT and JEAN-FRANÇOIS BADIAS Associated Press AMMERSCHWIR, France (AP) — Some were born in this warren of small rooms in what used to be a hospital, dating to the 17th century. Many are likely to die here. And all are currently confined to their rooms, denied the simple comfort of human companionship. The residents at the Weiss nursing home in eastern France want to chat face to face, to play board games, to share meals. And so each gave a vial of blood to be tested for the coronavirus, as did each staff member — about 580 tests in all. The goal: to identify who must be isolated and who will be allowed the freedom to leave their rooms. "We spend all our days between those four walls — that's it, we are not allowed to go out. We don't even have the right to go out in th
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