COVID-19 care homes study report published
The results of a study, based on analysis of survey responses from 5,126 out of 9,081 care homes for the over 65s in England, has been published. Care home staff were asked to report on the total number of confirmed cases among staff and residents since the start of the pandemic.
The study concluded that:
- Regular use of ‘bank’ staff is an important risk factor for infection in residents and staff.
- Infections in staff are a risk factor for infection in residents and infections in residents are a risk factor for infection in staff. However, the magnitude of this effect suggests staff are more likely to transmit infections to residents than vice versa.
- Emerging data suggests that the number of new admissions, and return of residents to the care home from hospital, may be important risk factors for infection in residents and staff. This has only been tested in unadjusted analysis due to a high proportion of missing data across these variables.
- Region is an important risk factor for infection in staff and residents, but its effect is different in staff and residents. This may be due to temporal differences in the timing of testing between staff and residents.
- Important transmission risk is now likely to focus on staff, who will now be tested weekly via the new whole home testing rollout.
To view the study results report visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/vivaldi-1-coronavirus-covid-19-care-homes-study-report