According to a study, during a pandemic, a large number of people are left to die at home.
In the year following the UK’s first lockdown, the number of deaths at home increased by more than a third.
According to a study, during the first year of the pandemic, the number of people who died and were left undiscovered at home for more than a week increased.
According to the researchers, all cases of home deaths where the body was “markedly decomposed” occurred in situations where people lived alone.
According to researchers, the number of deaths at home increased by more than a third in the year following the UK’s first lockdown, with a 70% increase in the number of bodies being decomposed.
In London, where the study took place, it would have taken at least one to two weeks for a body to reach those levels of decomposition between death and a post-mortem examination, according to the authors.
According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology, there was a 70.5 percent increase in the number of bodies showing “marked decomposition” from March 2020 to the previous year.
One pathologist at a central London mortuary provided researchers with post-mortem examination reports and coronial documentation.
They looked at 263 post-mortems performed between March 23, 2019 and March 22, 2021.
26 (16.4%) of the 159 bodies were considered to be markedly decomposed in the year leading up to lockdown.
This increased to more than a quarter (27.9%) in the year following the first lockdown, with 29 of 104 people falling into this category.
In comparison to the previous year, the number of deaths at home increased by 38%.
According to the researchers, the increase in cases of decomposition is more likely due to the pandemic’s increased number of home deaths, rather than social restrictions significantly changing the behavior or attitudes of those who live alone and die at home.
“This excess in severe decomposition following death is generally a sign of the body not being found for a long time, in excess of at least a week,” study co-author and trainee pathologist Dr Theodore Estrin-Serlui told The Daily Telegraph.
“Many people avoided the area during the pandemic.
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According to a study, there was a significant increase in the number of people left to die at home during the pandemic.
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