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UK’s callous disregard for care home residents – old, sick people acutely vulnerable to Covid-19 – has been a disgrace

UK’s callous disregard for care home residents – old, sick people acutely vulnerable to Covid-19 – has been a disgrace

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As a GP, I regularly visit care homes. At one I go to, they recently lost eight residents in a week, probably from coronavirus. But there’s no testing, the staff have no protective equipment, and ministers have no strategy. When Covid struck, many things were not known, and could not possibly have been predicted. The transmission rate, the case fatality rate, the best way to treat those infected. However, it was very clear, very early on, that Covid was killing the elderly in far greater numbers than anyone else. In Italy, the early figures released revealed that the average age of death was seventy-nine. The figures were slightly higher in Germany, and around eighty years old in pretty much every other country. Equally, it was known that, amongst the elderly who were dying, almost all of them had other serious medical conditions. Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic pulmonary disease and suchlike. This is often known in my line of work as “multimorbidity.” In a…
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