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Covid-19: One in 10 cases in England occurred in frontline health and social care staff

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 07 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2717

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  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London, UK

Health and social care staff, hospital patients, and care home residents made up a substantial proportion of covid-19 infections in England during the height of the pandemic, a report by Data Evaluation and Learning for Viral Epidemics (DELVE) says.

The multidisciplinary group of researchers convened by the Royal Society estimates that around 10% of all covid-19 infections in England between 26 April and 7 June were among patient facing healthcare workers and resident facing social care workers (95% confidence interval 4% to 15%).1

“We estimate that care providers had around four times the risk of infection as similar working age people in that period,” said Guy Harling, Sir Henry Dale senior research fellow at University College London and member of the DELVE working group, at a press briefing on 6 July. He emphasised that the figures only represented the six week period and the covid-19 situation was rapidly changing.

During that period, patients in hospital made up 11% of all …

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