Just for explanation why older people in Germany seems to be more affected. Most fatalities of age 80+ are direct hits in senior homes with a high concentration of elder people on a single spot. In general this is quite devastating especially when they are dement people you can't just evacuate.
The care personnel was lacking masks and protection gear as well hence they brought in the virus from the outside as well as visitors. Clinics and hospitals have been served first due to their high demand. At the time being the senior homes are completely locked but people are very depressed due to the lack of social contact to their relatives. At least they got iPads now for video calls to their beloved.
This is a concern. I wonder if NZs retirement workers are all wearing masks etc? Anyone know?
My wife is a Care Worker for 2 companies (quite common practice to get enough work) and has many clients in rest homes. She has no PPE apart from gloves. None supplied by either of her two employers. One company has said that PPE is now on the way to local offices for distribution but we don't know what that is yet.
Biggest thing to bear in mind for care workers looking after elderly, dementia or infirm people is that they can't maintain social distances. My wife has been torn between the risks of catching and onward transmission with the very real risk of the impact on her clients if she doesn't go.