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Pilot prevalence survey suggests home care is relatively safePilot prevalence survey suggests home care is relatively safe

The prevalence of COVID 19 amongst homecare workers is similar to the general population, according to the results of a pilot survey undertaken by Public Health England published last week.

The report's findings align with feedback UKHCA has received from its members throughout the pandemic. Dr Jane Townson, the CEO of UKHCA said "Homecare has proved itself relatively safe and our amazing workforce has been a lifeline to many."

Whilst routine testing has been offered to asymptomatic staff working in care homes, there is believed to be a significantly higher prevalence for them, compared to the general population. A consequence of the relatively low prevalence rate amongst homecare workers is that the report does not recommend routine testing of homecare workers who do not have symptoms of coronavirus.

We await confirmation as to whether the government will adopt the recommendation on testing from this report.

The survey results do not alter the guidance on PPE use in homecare services.

The survey report can be found here.

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