Around 60 percent of cases of Covid were caught in care homes for the elderly or in hospital, and not in the general population.
These alarming figures represented a failure of care and preparation, such as the lack of proper PPE equipment, but they weren’t lessons learned. During the first wave, around 11 percent of cases were caught in hospital, but this doubled in the second wave that peaked around last May.
Dr Chris Green, one of the research team, explained that there were a number of reasons for the high infection rate in care homes and hospitals, from limited facilities for case isolation, no rapid and reliable diagnostic testing in the early stages, poor or no PPE equipment, and a failure to understand the way Covid was spread.
(Source: Lancet, 2021;doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736)