Health Care and Social Care

Coronavirus spread fear of Sheffield carer who went untested

Coronavirus spread fear of Sheffield carer who went untested Alison Taylor has tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, despite never experiencing any symptoms A carer who was unable to be tested for coronavirus until July said she feared she may have spread the disease into care homes despite showing no symptoms. Alison Taylor, from Sheffield, recently tested positive for antibodies indicating she once had coronavirus. She now fears she may have worked while contagious and even visited her mother, who later died with suspected [...]

Coronavirus: ‘Horrifying’ death rate of dementia patients

Coronavirus: 'Horrifying' death rate of dementia patients Figures exposing the pandemic's impact on people with dementia in Wales have been described as "horrifying". They account for more than one in five Covid-19 deaths, prompting calls for a dedicated dementia task force to be set up in case of a second wave. Charities, experts and families have told BBC Wales they must be involved in efforts to plan ahead. The Welsh Government said its dementia action plan was being "prioritised in the Covid-19 context". 'We felt like [...]

Third of midwives who had Covid-19 ‘were asymptomatic’

Third of midwives who had Covid-19 ‘were asymptomatic’ A third of maternity care workers who contracted coronavirus may have experienced no discernible symptoms, a study by UK researchers suggests. Their research found that one in six maternity health workers they tested had been infected with Covid-19, of whom one in three were completely asymptomatic. Worryingly, the researchers said that 58% of those who tested positive never met the government's criteria for self-isolation, and, therefore, did not self-isolate and continued to work as [...]

Coronavirus: Which face covering works best? Scientists test 14 masks – and find one actually increases risk of infection

Coronavirus: Which face covering works best? Scientists test 14 masks - and find one actually increases risk of infection. Researchers tested coverings ranging from the kind worn by healthcare professionals to neck fleeces and knitted masks. The masks featured in the study include a surgical mask (number 1) and a double-layer bandana (number 12) Scientists have tested 14 different types of face-covering and found that one of them actually increases the risk of coronavirus infection. Researchers at Duke University in North Carolina tested [...]

Coronavirus: Hinckley care home staff did not always wear masks

Coronavirus: Hinckley care home staff 'did not always wear masks'. Coronavirus pandemic GOOGLE - The Limes care home in Hinckley, Leicestershire, was rated inadequate and put into special measures by the Care Quality Commission. A care home where some staff did not wear face masks or wash their hands when in contact with residents has been placed in special measures. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it inspected The Limes in Hinckley, Leicestershire, in June after being contacted by whistleblowers. It found less than [...]