Two new ONS analyses provide further insight on the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on care homes. While both help to improve understanding of this important subject, comparisons between the two should be made with caution. Becky Tinsley summarises the latest findings and gives an insight into future analysis the ONS is planning:
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These publications include the first results of a new large scale survey which look at how coronavirus has been affecting staff and residents of care homes.
Alongside this we have also updated our earlier figures on deaths involving COVID-19 in the care sector.
The new survey is part of a cross-Government effort to understand the impact that COVID-19 is having on parts of the population that are not covered by the COVID-19 infection survey of private households.
The survey, part of the ‘Vivaldi’ study, covered 9,081 care homes in England who provide dementia care and care for older people. Care home managers were asked for information on their staff (that is, all staff working in care homes, including caterers, cleaners and managers) and residents, as well as information about the care homes to help understand the impact of the COVID-19 in these care homes and inform the public health response.