August 9, 2022

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Exhausted, overworked and nonetheless broke: How the childcare disaster is bringing dad and mom to their knees 

Parents and guardians have been suggested to not get their kids examined for Covid except...

Parents and guardians have been suggested to not get their kids examined for Covid except directed to by a well being skilled on the official government website.

Downing Road remains to be sticking to its “Living with Covid” strategy for now, though one other wave is now making its method by the UK.

The wave, brought on by the Omicron sub-variant, BA.5, means round 1 in 15 people in the UK at present have Covid, in keeping with the most recent information from the ZOE Covid Research.

The Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) confirmed this week that greater than 200,000 UK deaths linked to Covid because the pandemic began.

Although tests are no longer free and there are at present no restrictions in place, the federal government remains to be advising in opposition to testing kids.

So right here’s what gov.uk truly says

On a page including guidance for people with Covid symptoms, the UK Well being Safety Company (UKHSA) acknowledges that respiratory infections can unfold very simply, whereas recommending what actions you’ll be able to take to “defend different individuals” when you’re unwell.

Nonetheless, it then says: “It isn’t really useful that kids and younger individuals are examined for Covid-19 except directed to by a well being skilled.”

The web page additionally claims: “The chance of changing into severely unwell from Covid-19 and different respiratory infections may be very low for most youngsters and younger individuals.”

It means that for “most youngsters and younger individuals” displaying Covid-like signs, “these diseases is not going to be severe and they’re going to quickly get well following relaxation and loads of fluids”.

“Only a few kids and younger individuals with respiratory infections grow to be severely unwell. That is additionally true for youngsters and younger individuals with long-term circumstances.”

But, it does level out that when you’re anxious as a mother or father or guardian, particularly in the event that they’re underneath two, it’s best to search medical assist.

Do specialists agree?

Nicely, sure – however there’s a caveat

Co-founder of the ZOE Covid Research, Professor Tim Spector from King’s Faculty London, informed HuffPost UK that kids ought to solely be examined if it’s more likely to be Covid – however that chances are fairly excessive proper now.

He stated: “I agree with the recommendation that we shouldn’t be testing kids or younger individuals except it’s believed to be Covid.

“Nonetheless, it’s necessary to level out, that at present within the UK, the ZOE Well being Research information exhibits that there are over 350,000 new day by day COVID instances – a brand new report.

“The highest signs embrace sore throat, blocked nostril and dry cough, which is able to appear and feel quite a bit like a chilly.

“So my recommendation isn’t no testing in any respect.

“It’s preserve a watch out of cold-like signs and if a toddler or younger person has new cold-like signs, so assume it’s most likely Covid.”

Others level out it’s not simply concerning the kids

Christina Pagel, professor of operational analysis at UCL, tweeted her response to the official authorities recommendation on Wednesday.

She identified that it’s not nearly how a lot an an infection may impression kids, however about all the people they come into contact with.

Pagel described the coverage by tweeting: “What contemporary hell is that this?”

Pagel also shared a flow chart explaining why the UK nonetheless appears to be within the grips of the pandemic, greater than two years and a complete vaccination programme later.

She identified that mass infections often start with those that are under-vaccinated, however do numerous social mixing – kids and younger adults.

That is the place the virus can mutate simply, after which go into the remainder of the inhabitants.

What in case your little one has already taken a check?

The federal government recommends kids who do check, and get a optimistic end result, isolate for much less time than adults, as a result of they’re infectious for a shorter time frame.

The recommendation suggests: “If a toddler or younger person has a optimistic Covid-19 check end result they need to attempt to keep at residence and keep away from contact with different individuals for 3 days after the day they took the check, if they will.

“It’s because kids and younger individuals are usually infectious to different individuals for much less time than adults.”

Adults are suggested to keep away from contact with others for 5 days.