Factors influencing SARS-CoV-2 infection rate in Belgian nursing homes’ residents during the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic

Last updated on 30-9-2022 by Wesley Van Dessel

Peer reviewed scientific article




In April 2020, Belgium experienced high numbers of fatal COVID-19 cases among nursing home (NH) residents. In response, a mass testing campaign was organised testing all NH residents and staff. We analysed data of Flemish NH to identify institutional factors associated with increased SARS-CoV-2 infection rates among NH residents. Cross-sectional study was conducted between April 8-May 15, 2020. Data collected included demographics, group category (i.e. staff or resident), symptom status and test result. We retrieved additional data: number of beds and staff, type of beds (level of dependenc…

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