The UCL Virus Watch research team have published new research which finds that members of overcrowded households are 2 to 4 times more likely to have been infected with the COVID-19 virus.  These findings echo those of a previous study carried out by the Health Foundation last year.  

This research underlines the importance of ensuring that all homes are spacious enough to allow for adequate ventilation and social distancing, both of which are factors known to significantly reduce virus transmission rates.  On 22nd September, the UCL research team will be hosting an online panel discussion with experts in the field of health and housing policy to present the research findings, highlight the link between housing and COVID-19, and to discuss ways forward.  You can register for this event, here.      

UCL’s research concludes that “measures to protect overcrowded households from COVID-19 and promote healthier housing should be considered and evaluated…In the long run, minimum space and ventilation requirements and increasing the availability of affordable, appropriate housing should be considered”.  Over the next few months, the TCPA will be focussing on securing amendments to the Building Safety Bill to widen its scope from purely fire safety to a much wider consideration of how buildings affect the health and safety of their inhabitants, including requiring new homes to provide the liveable space needed to meet the needs of people over their whole lifetime.  This Bill presents a rare opportunity to fundamentally change the way we regulate the built environment so that homes are built to a decent standard and do not risk people’s long-term health and wellbeing.

Find more on the TCPA’s Healthy Homes Act campaign here

Date published: 10/09/2021