Excess deaths in the time of Covid reflect the British state’s indifference to how society really works

This latest report from UK think tank NPI looks at two misunderstandings on the Covid-19 crisis in the UK and how the affect responses.

While attention has been directed towards the NHS in general and hospitals in particular, a disaster has been unfolding elsewhere. That “elsewhere” is not just the care homes, but homes too: in short, across society at large. Among the many questions about how this disaster happened is why such a narrow view took hold of where the threat lay. A sense of the pattern of deaths in normal times could have focused attention on the community settings in which people die and the threat they might face. The crisis in care homes is now attracting attention. The same attention needs to be extended to home too, to those dying there and those caring for them; to their need for protective personal equipment; to the conditions in which they are coping, often overcrowded and where self-isolation may not be practically possible.

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