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A report which found no correlation between hospital discharges of patients into care homes and Covid-19 outbreaks in care homes, in Northern Ireland, has been criticised by experts.

Virus Experts Criticise “Superficial” Report on Hospital Discharges and Covid-19 in Care Homes

A report which found no correlation between hospital discharges of patients into care homes and Covid-19 outbreaks in care homes, in Northern Ireland, has been criticised by experts.

The Detail teamed up with VIEW magazine to assess the Department of Health (DoH)-commissioned report, produced by Dr Niall Herity – a Belfast-based consultant cardiologist.

Dr Herity sought to establish “if there was any correlation between hospital discharges (especially discharges in the absence of testing in early stage of pandemic) and subsequent care home outbreaks”, but he did not find any.

However, Dr Connor Bamford, an expert in virology and antiviral immunity at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), said the report appears to be a “superficial analysis and needs to be followed up”.

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