Public Health Officials in Peel Region, Ontario, a metropolitan area comprising of nearly 1.3 million people, published new guidelines telling parents to isolate from their child for 14 days if any of their children’s classmates test positive for the coronavirus.
In Canada, a country of nearly 40 million, only 3 people under the age of 20 have died of the coronavirus in the last 11.5 months.
Peel Public Health already has some of the strictest guidelines in place, mandating that students in Grade 1 to 3 are required to wear masks at school, and are “strongly recommending” that school boards mandates masks for pre-kindergarten, which includes children as young as three.
Now, if one student tests positive, the entire class is shut down and everyone is quarantined. The guidelines tell parents and siblings to isolate themselves from the child whose schoolmate got COVID-19, keeping away from him for weeks in a scenario that would be considered child abuse and would result in a phone call from child protective services under any other circumstances.
This is not only for public schools but also for children in daycare facilities.
The parent is to wear a mask at home, stay 6 feet away from the child as much as possible, give that child a separate bathroom and separate meals away from the family, and all other siblings in the family ought to likewise isolate and stay home he or she is able to return.
Again, these protocols are not only if the child gets COVID-19, which is infinitesimally rare, but if their classmates get it.
In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Dr. Susan Richardson, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Toronto railed against these policies, explaining:
This is cruel punishment for a child, especially for younger children, 4-10 years old. Shutting a child off from their parents and siblings for up to 14 days in this manner could produce significant and long-lasting emotional and psychological effects.
Dr. Martha Fulford, a pediatrics and infectious disease expert at Hamilton Health Science, speaking to the Sun, also agrees.
I don’t understand how any healthcare professional has moved so far away from the fundamentals of public health and of doing no harm that they would think that basically incarcerating a child in a room for 14 days is in any way justified…
This is shocking, especially when you consider this is being proposed for children who are not in any way sick.
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