Fatality rates in care homes have been high, partly because the elderly are more vulnerable to the disease but also because the response has been lacking, leading to some centres being overwhelmed, with bodies left unattended in rooms even in some rich countries.
“We need to fundamentally rethink the relationship we have with older generations and the way in which we provide care for that generation,” said Ryan. “We need to see the needs of our older generation as a rights issue – the right to be cared for, the right to social contact,” he said.
Fatality rates in care homes have been high, accounting for up to 80 percent of COVID deaths in some high-income countries, Ryan said, without naming them.
In the same speech, Ryan also called for better protection for prisoners, migrants and healthcare workers.
“Access to healthcare in COVID-19 has not been fair,” he said. “It has been influenced by gender, by wealth, by age, by social class, by legal status, by ethnicity and so many other things.”