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Elder-Care Home Residents Account For Average Of 47% Of Recorded Coronavirus-Related Deaths: Study

  • October 16, 2020

The Washington Post (10/15, Taylor) reports, “Across 26 countries, elder-care home residents have accounted for an average of 47 percent of recorded coronavirus deaths, according to data collected by the International Long-Term Care Policy Network, a global collaboration between academics and policymakers.” In some nations, “including the United States, the data suggests that roughly 1 in 20 elder-care residents have already died of [COVID-19] during the pandemic.” Adelina Comas-Herrera, a researcher at the London School of Economics and coordinator for the network, said: “The idea that you could somehow protect the people living in care homes from whatever is going on outside hasn’t worked.”