Adelina Comas-Herrera (CPEC, LSE) and Joseba Zalakain (SIIS)

12th April, 2020

Key findings:

Official data on the numbers of people affected by COVID-19 is not available in many countries

Due to differences in testing availabilities and policies, and to different approaches to recording deaths, international comparisons are difficult

Data from 3 epidemiological studies in the United States show that as many as half of people with COVID-19 infections in care homes were asymptomatic (or pre-symptomatic) at the time of testing

Data from 5 European countries suggest that care home residents have so far accounted for between 42% and 57% of all deaths related to COVID-19.

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