COVID-19 shocker: Parents lied about their kids’ sickness status and broke quarantine rules, study finds
During the pandemic, about 25.9% of parents lied about their children Covid test results A new study has found that to prevent your children from missing school and other activities.
The survey, titled “Parental Disagreement for Health Policy Recommendations for Prevention of Covid-19 Transmission in Children,” published in JAMA Network Open.
A team of researchers from the universities of Iowa, Utah, Colorado, Connecticut and the UK conducted the study.
Of 580 US parents who responded to a national online survey in December 2021, more than a quarter reported “misrepresentation and/or noncompliance” in at least one of seven behaviors.
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One of the most common behaviors (24% of parents) was failing to tell someone who was around their child that they knew or suspected. Their child had covid.
Another 21% of parents said they allowed their child to “break quarantine rules,” the study found.
The most common reason parents broke those rules was to “exercise personal freedom as a parent,” the study’s authors wrote.
Parents also said they wanted their child’s life to “feel normal” – and they didn’t want to miss work or other responsibilities to stay home with their children.
Twenty-one percent of parents who responded to a recent survey said they had allowed their child to “break quarantine rules.”
The mean age of the parents was 35.9 years.
The majority were females (403) compared to 171 males.
Many races and ethnicities were represented.
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The study suggests that parents’ failure to follow public health measures may hinder efforts to limit the spread of COVID, possibly “contributing to COVID 19-related morbidity and mortality.”
In addition, the findings stated that “some children seem to Received an injection which was not fully tested and approved in their age group.”
The study had some limitations.
It used a non-probability sample – meaning that not all members of the population had the same chance of participating.
In addition, because the results were self-reported, there is a chance that some parents did not disclose their failure to comply with public health measures.
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Despite the limitations, the study authors wrote that the findings “suggest a serious public health challenge in the immediate context of the Covid-19 pandemic, including future waves of infectious diseases affecting exhausted parents.” including outbreaks of
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They noted that more research is needed to identify which groups are most likely to deviate from Covid public health measures – and to identify reasons for breaking the rules.