A study revealing low levels of adherence to test, trace, and isolate COVID-19 rules has been published ahead of a new two-visitor policy for care homes in England.
The study published in the British Medical Journal finds that only one in five people request a COVID-19 test if they have symptoms.
Furthermore, only half of those with recent symptoms and who had not tested negative fully adhered to self-isolation. Most likely to flout the COVID-19 testing rules are young men of a lower socioeconomic grade, who have suffered financial hardship during the pandemic, work in a key sector and have a dependent child.
The news comes as care homes heard over the weekend that from Monday 12 April, residents in England are able to receive a second visitor inside, as well as babies and toddlers.
Implementation guidance for managers is expected this week, but visitors are expected to have to test negative for COVID before entry, wear PPE and only hold hands.
As testing capacity continues to increase, some visitors will be able to conduct tests at home rather than at care homes.
Vida Grange home manager Gil Chimon said: “The planned extension is an exciting step in our journey back to normality, and we’re really looking forward to more family members and friends being able to reunite with their loved ones.”