Background: In autumn of 2020, the UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care pleaded with young people to 'not kill your gran' when returning home, after he confirmed the surge in coronavirus cases at that time was associated with students away from home for the first time. Meanwhile residents continued to die in care homes across the NPA Region.
Methods: Surveys and 1:1 interviews via zoom or telephone gathered data. Informed consent was obtained from all participants including students, care home residents, the families of care home residents and care home workers. They were recruited via flyers and completing a Survey Monkey questionnaire.
Results: Mistakes made at Government level is also a common feature. In Scotland and Northern Ireland this was centred around the movement of people from hospital into the care home sector without sufficient testing, preparedness (PPE/isolation) or resources, whilst in Sweden and Finland it focused more on a reliance on soft law. The project was selected to be presented virtually at the European Regions week as well as at the the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland in October 2021.
Discussion: Among students, there was little awareness that they might be asymptomatic and could infect vulnerable contacts by bringing COVID home for Christmas In care homes, residents continued to die, and experiments took place using digital interventions to monitor social distancing and afford more access for family members.