There are few easy lessons. In many countries, the trend is hard to escape: The larger the coronavirus outbreak in an area, the more deaths elder-care facilities there can expect to see, according to the results of an ongoing transnational research project, which published new data this week.
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.
“The idea that you could somehow protect the people living in care homes from whatever is going on outside hasn’t worked,” said Adelina Comas-Herrera, a researcher at the London School of Economics and coordinator for the network.
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