- Experts said ‘stay at home’ message scared people away from going to hospital
- Deaths in private homes from cardiovascular cases rose by third amid lockdown
- Care homes also saw these deaths soar by a third during the height of pandemic
The lockdown saw a devastating increase in the number of people dying at home from heart attacks and strokes, a major study reveals.
Experts said the Government’s ‘stay at home’ message scared people into staying away from hospital, even when they desperately needed medical help – resulting in 2,085 ‘excess deaths’.
Deaths in private homes from cardiovascular causes rose by a third from March to June in England and Wales, according to the first detailed assessment of death certificates.
Care homes also saw these deaths soar by a third, suggesting vulnerable people simply were not getting the care they needed when all the attention was on Covid-19.