Coronavirus: Wide testing in nursing homes essential, says professor

Older people with infection can present with gastrointestinal problems or confusion

A person with coronavirus can be very seriously infected but without symptoms before going into an abrupt decline. Photograph: Getty

A person with coronavirus can be very seriously infected but without symptoms before going into an abrupt decline. Photograph: Getty

Everyone in residential nursing homes, including staff, should be tested if Covid-19 is going to be eradicated from them, a consultant geriatrician providing support to the sector has said.

Prof Sean Kennelly, who is based at Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin, is providing support to 14 nursing homes in the southwest of the city, and residential facilities for the intellectually disabled.

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