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Statistics released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown that workers in social care settings have a significantly higher rate of death than the general population.
The data analysed by the ONS covers the period up to and including 20th April 2020.
The social care group includes those working in both care home and home care settings. In comparison, the healthcare sector has not seen any such increase with death rates similar to those of the general population.
Coronavirus rates of death
There has been no definitive investigations into why certain occupations have a higher rate of death, but as PPE has been held back in the main for use of healthcare professionals, this may explain why there is no discernible difference in the rate of death for this sector.
Males do seem to have a higher rate of death, even in the general population figures. However, certain occupations have been identified as having much higher rates of death. These are generally occupations either in enclosed spaces, or where contact with the public is unavoidable.
It should be stressed that other factors such as ethnicity and place of residence have not been taken into account.
There has been a lot of media coverage about the number of deaths that have occurred in care homes, and the figures released by the ONS go some way to providing some insight as to why that is the case.
If one of your family members has succumbed to the coronavirus whilst working, you may be able to claim compensation if their employer did not take all possible precautions to ensure their safety. If you would like to investigate the possibility of making a coronavirus death in service negligence claim, please contact us for free initial advice from a specialist medical negligence solicitor.