Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The world sacrificed its elderly in the race to protect hospitals. The result was a catastrophe in care homes


By February 25, the World Health Organization said the virus had already killed thousands in China and was spreading through northern Italy, but at the time there were just 13 confirmed cases and no deaths in the UK. While the government ordered hospitals to prepare for an influx of patients, its advice to some of the country's most vulnerable people -- elderly residents of care or nursing homes -- was that they were "very unlikely" to be infected.
That guidance would remain in place over the next two-and-a-half weeks, as the number of coronavirus cases in the UK exploded. By the time the advice was withdrawn on March 13 and replaced with new guidance, there were 594 confirmed cases, and it was too late.
 Data published on LTCcovid shows that more than half of all coronavirus deaths in nations including Belgium, France, Ireland, Canada and Norway occurred in care homes or among care home residents in all settings. In the US, data collated by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) from 35 states and included in the LSE report showed that care home residents accounted for 30,130​, or at least 34.6%​, of the more than 87,000 coronavirus deaths ​recorded as of May 15. Care home residents are also overrepresented in ​some countries with relatively few deaths, accounting for 26 out of ​the first 99 deaths documented in Australia, or more than a quarter of all fatalities through May 18.
Sweden has repeatedly defended its controversial decision to remain relatively permissive in its restrictions on movement, but Health Minister Lena Hallengren admitted a "big failure" to protect the elderly and said care homes were now of the utmost importance, according to Swedish media. There had been 1,661 coronavirus deaths among care home residents out of 3,395 total coronavirus deaths in Sweden by May 14, or 49%, according to LTCcovid's report.
Hong Kong says it has not had a single infection in a care home, and only four deaths and just over 1,000 cases in total. In Singapore, just two of 18 deaths have taken place among care home residents.
"There's been a lot of focus in hospitals and focus on community transmission, but not in care homes. And I think that reflects the low status that the care sector has in many countries," said Comas-Herrera.
The authors of the JAMA report on Seattle write that: "Although many prefer not to think about nursing homes, they are a critical safety net for frail older adults and part of the fabric of our society."


  1. Kalonymus HaQatanMay 26, 2020 at 8:20 PM

    Wuhan batwoman has even nastier viruses in her lab, waiting to be unleashed on the world

  2. that is your high quality source? cant you find something more serious?

  3. Kalonymus HaQatanMay 26, 2020 at 9:42 PM

    what, do you think it was an imposter speaking in the video? or did they simply change the translattion, when she was only giving her recipe for cheesecake?

  4. Kalonymus HaQatanMay 26, 2020 at 9:46 PM

    here , she says the same thing on Bloomberg, which must be glatt kosher, since he's a democrat!


  5. DT, it's quite strange that you doubt the source here. This is literally an interview with Bat Woman. It's her own words.

    More than that, it's the same moneygrubbing dogma they always profess, so why doubt when she says it again: There are lots of viruses out there in the wild animals, there will be a pandemic some day because of zoonotic spillover, so fund my lab$$$$ because we will take samples of all these viruses and prevent future pandemics and save you and the whole world.
    This is their standard propaganda to get money for their research. Peter Daszak says the same nonsense. They provide no rationale or evidence on how they prevent a pandemic, just as they did not prevent this one.
    There is nothing to justify the risks they take with their research doing "stamp collection" of bat viruses. None. Nada.

  6. And even worse than this is the risk they take with their genetic engineering of these viruses which they collect. Go ahead and tell me they don't do that because they published this work since 2016. It is no secret except that they wish to cover it up and deflect from it at this point (for obvious reasons)

  7. i have a problem with the credibility of the "newspaper" if almost any other source was cited it would be a different story

  8. no the two articles do not say the same thing

  9. Why bicker about what the articles say? There is a video of her being interviewed in his original citation.

  10. you mean the 30 seconds of her speaking in Chinese?
    Apparently your language skills are superior to mine because I have no idea what she said or whether the subtitles were accurate

  11. Kalonymus HaQatanMay 26, 2020 at 11:29 PM


  12. (This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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  14. Kalonymus HaQatanMay 27, 2020 at 1:21 AM

    I suppose you got some excuse for newsweek too


    did they syndicate it from the Sun? Or was it Rav Kamenetsky?

  15. I cant see the text but the headline is the same

    aside from the headline what is your point?

  16. Kalonymus HaQatanMay 27, 2020 at 10:54 AM

    Shi Zhengli, the deputy director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, who has been dubbed "bat woman" due to her team's work on SARS-like coronaviruses in these animals, made the remarks on Monday in an interview with Chinese state TV station CGTN. The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is believed to have originated in bats, with another animal thought to have acted as an intermediary host.

    Shi said her team's 15 years of work on these pathogens has shown other coronaviruses could pose a threat to humans. "The unknown viruses that we have discovered are actually just the tip of the iceberg," Shi said, according to a translation by CGTN. "If we want to protect humans from viruses or avoid a second outbreak of new infectious diseases, we must go in advance to learn of these unknown viruses carried by wild animals in nature and then give early warnings.

  17. Kalonymus HaQatanMay 27, 2020 at 10:56 AM

    The point being it's dangerous research she is doing, and may find an even more deadly virus in her work.

  18. Kalonymus HaQatanMay 27, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    I cited Newsweek


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