Care homes - Forgotten by us, not by COVID
Bulletin 43 | Dan Ryan and Adrian Baskir
Care homes have become a controversial topic in the pandemic, for the saddest of reasons - a very high COVID-19 mortality rate, caused to some degree by poor policy (analogous to what happened in other countries, Italy for example).
The prioritisation of provision of sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) to NHS hospitals over care homes resulted in staff being placed at increased risk and increased the likelihood of rapid spread within the care homes.
In this bulletin, we summarise the experience to date - with around 1 in 7 care home residents dying between 13 March and 5 June, doubling the toll that might have otherwise been expected - and draw out lessons for the future.