Infections like flu, urine infections, diarrhoea and vomiting are really common in older adults in care homes and often cause severe illness requiring hospital treatment.
Outbreaks of infections like the flu spread rapidly, often leading care homes to close and preventing residents from seeing their relatives.
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted why we need better evidence and new ways to protect people who live and work in care homes from infection.
This study aims to reduce the impact of infection and outbreaks in care homes. We plan to do this by measuring the extent of infection and its consequences in residents and by doing research to find new, better ways to prevent infections and protect residents and staff.
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