BBC UK only reveal evidence that the hospital discharges played little or no part in the care home deaths

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52912538

I think it’s very difficult not to see that the only real way that this can have come into our homes is through staff picking it up, just through the community contacts they would have had.

Absent from BBC Scotland’s coverage but covered by BBC UK where the Conservative Party leadership is preferred but feared target, this report clarifies the role played by agency staff in spreading the virus.

Remarkably, this is based on a charitable, not-for-profit, organisation’s research into its own homes.

MHA, with a presence in Scotland, which paid to test its own staff, discovered this:

Large numbers of staff could have been unknowingly spreading coronavirus through care homes, according to the UK’s largest charitable care home provider. Data from MHA shows 42% of its staff members who recently tested positive were not displaying symptoms. Nearly 45% of residents who had a positive test were also asymptomatic.

The MHA Chief Executive said:

I think it’s very difficult not to see that the only real way that this can have come into our homes is through staff picking it up, just through the community contacts they would have had. I think that is what is so hard for all our staff, because they care. But if they don’t know they’ve contracted the virus, how can you manage this?

MHA have not blamed the discharge of patients out of hospitals and in to their care homes for the arrival of the virus.

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