COVID-19: increasing reports link coronavirus-related care home deaths with dementia

Written by Sharon Salt, Senior Editor

Multiple reports have pointed out the worrying number of care home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many of these deaths being linked to dementia. In the UK, the Office for National Statistics has revealed that half of deaths in care homes from COVID-19 have been people with dementia. For deaths occurring between 2 March–12 June 2020 (registered up to 20 June 2020), 49.5% of people dying from COVID-19 in care homes had dementia listed as their primary pre-existing condition. Results from the Vivaldi study – a large-scale survey that looked at COVID-19 infections in 9,081 care homes providing care...

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