Homes Desperate for PPE, Two Caregivers Die | Society


The first two deaths from coronaviruses among caregivers in England were announced on Monday, as industry leaders tackled chronic shortages of protective equipment and urged the government to start treating social care as “a second front line”.

Carol Jamabo, 56, community caregiver for Cherish Elderly Care in Bury, Greater Manchester, died last Wednesday.

Another caregiver died in a home run by MHA, the UK’s largest charity provider, who said it was unclear where she got the virus. The death of a West Dumbartonshire caregiver who emerged on Sunday was also confirmed by Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The deaths occurred against a background of growing concern that those working in the social field are still not receiving the protection they need in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and that, without testing for the virus, personnel may contaminate nursing homes where the elderly are said to be “protected”. .

Peter Kyle, MP for Hove – which has about 30 nursing homes – said the facilities were effectively “converted to hospices” because of a lack of protections. He said a home in his constituency had recorded 14 cases of coronavirus in residents over the age of 75.


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