Adelina Comas-Herrera (CPEC, LSE) and Joseba Zalakain (SIIS)

12th April, 2020

Key findings:

Official data on the numbers of people affected by COVID-19 is not available in many countries

Due to differences in testing availabilities and policies, and to different approaches to recording deaths, international comparisons are difficult

Data from 3 epidemiological studies in the United States show that as many as half of people with COVID-19 infections in care homes were asymptomatic (or pre-symptomatic) at the time of testing

Data from 5 European countries suggest that care home residents have so far accounted for between 42% and 57% of all deaths related to COVID-19.

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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