Higher COVID-19 rates found among health and social care workers than other employees


Higher COVID-19 rates have been found among health and social care workers than in people working in other roles.

In its latest analysis based on tests carried out between 11 May and 24 May, the ONS found that 1.73% of patient-facing healthcare or resident/client-facing social care workers tested positive for the virus compared with 0.38% positive tests for those working in other roles.

The findings follow ONS data last month which revealed that care workers were twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than health care workers and those working elsewhere.

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Meanwhile, deaths among home care service users in England in April-May were nearly three times higher than the average levels for previous years in the same time period.

ONS data shows that from April 10 to May 8 there were 3,161 deaths among recipients of domiciliary care in England reported to the CQC, 1,990 deaths higher than the three-year average (1,171 deaths) for the same time period.

Of these, 593 (18.8%) involved COVID-19, lower than the 43.7% of deaths involving coronavirus among care home residents notified to the CQC in the last month.

However, the figures for domiciliary care relate to regulated home care only, so are not directly comparable with care home figures.

They may also omit some deaths at home where the cause of death is not tested and recorded as COVID-19, the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) pointed out.

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