Care home workers have the highest COVID risk, along with other key workers, according to the eighth report of REACT, one of the country’s largest studies into COVID-19 infections in England.
This confirms the findings of the recent ONS report, which looks at COVID infection rates by occupation.
The report, which covers the period January 6-22, also reports that in the over-65s, the COVID prevalence rate is 93 infected people per 10,000 (0.93 per cent).
The main findings from the eighth REACT study are as follows:
- national prevalence was 1.57%, or 157 per 10,000 people infected
- national R-rate is estimated at 0.98 with a range of 0.92 to 1.04
- regional prevalence was highest in London at 2.83%
- East of England at 1.78%
- West Midlands at 1.66%
- South East at 1.61%
- North West at 1.38%
- North East at 1.22%
- East Midlands at 1.16%
- Yorkshire and the Humber 0.80%
- South West at 0.87%
- prevalence increased nationally in all adult age groups and was highest in 18-to-24 year olds at 2.44%.
Care staff are encouraged to have a COVID-19 vaccination, in a new letter from England’s chief health officers.
In the letter the top health chiefs reiterate that frontline health or social care are at greater risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Scottish Care has published a webinar on COVID-19 vaccination.