Experts call Peel guidelines to place children in solitary quarantine ‘cruel punishment’

Arwen~Fully reject this! It is nothing short of child abuse. Maybe it takes seeing the measures supposed health officials impose on our most vulnerable, our children, with no science to support to wake us up. Past time to take back our health, our lives from all forms of gov’t and institutions.

Drastic measure not supported by science and could have long-lasting psychological effects

Author of the article:Anthony Furey

Publishing date:Feb 27, 2021  

A school classroom.
A school classroom. PHOTO BY STOCK PHOTO /Getty Images

Peel Health has issued guidelines to parents instructing them to keep any children who have been sent home because a classmate has tested positive for COVID-19 isolated in a separate room from all other family members for 14 days.

The severe guidelines, which apply even to small children who are dismissed from child care, are being criticized by experts as harmful and not supported by science

“This is cruel punishment for a child, especially for younger children, 4-10 years old,” Dr. Susan Richardson, a microbiologist and infectious disease physician who is also a professor emerita at University of Toronto, wrote in an email to the Sun.

“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.”

Guidelines issued by Peel Health instructing parents to keep kids with no symptoms isolated from the rest of their family if they are sent home from school because a classmate tests positive for COVID-19.
Guidelines issued by Peel Health instruct parents to keep kids with no symptoms isolated from the rest of their family if they are sent home from school because a classmate tests positive for COVID-19.

The handout distributed at Peel Region schools explains, “If your child does not have any symptoms: the child must self-isolate, which means stay in a separate room, eat in a separate room apart from others, use a separate bathroom if possible.”

The handout also says, “If the child must leave their room, they should wear a mask and stay 2 metres apart from others.” Any other children in the household not only must be both separated from their siblings but also stay home for 14 days.

“This does not seem practically possible and is highly likely to cause harm to children who would already be experiencing considerable distress with having to remain at home,” Dr. Tess Clifford, the director of the Psychology Clinic at Queen’s University, said in an email to the Sun.

Clifford said those making decisions about pandemic mitigation measures need to consider the well-being of children across multiple domains of health.

“I don’t understand how any health-care 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,” said Dr. Martha Fulford, an infectious diseases physician at Hamilton Health Science who focuses on pediatrics.

“This is shocking,” adds Fulford, “especially when you consider this is being proposed for children who are not in any way sick.”

The handout began appearing on social media in recent days as Peel residents balked at receiving it. The Sun confirmed the authenticity of the document with Peel Health, although it is also posted on their website.

“My 10-year-old granddaughter was sent home from school today because one kid in her class tested positive. Public Health instructed her mom to keep her in her room with no contact with rest of family for 14 days,” social media user Judy Martin wrote on Twitter.

“Sounds like child abuse to me. There’s a $5K fine for non-compliance.”

Dr. Richardson said in addition to the policy being harmful, it is not supported by science.

“An asymptomatic child in a classroom with one child testing positive is at very low risk for acquiring infection,” she says. “Most importantly, we are losing sight of the fact that if he/she should contract COVID while quarantining at home, they and their siblings are at an extremely low risk of suffering severe disease as a consequence.”

Pediatricians across Canada have previously noted that while COVID-19 is very serious in some categories of people, it does not pose a risk for serious outcomes in children.

https://www.torontosun.com/news/provincial/experts-call-peel-guidelines-to-place-children-in-solitary-quarantine-cruel-punishment

Police on Guard for Thee ·A recent article published in the Toronto Sun on February 27th addresses guidelines issued by Public Health Agencies advising parents to isolate daycare, and school aged children who may have been exposed to a classmate who has tested positive for Covid-19, in their rooms for 14 days, even if they are asymptomatic.Dr. Susan Richardson, a microbiologist and infectious disease physician states:“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.”Police on Guard has tried very hard to remain as neutral as possible providing information the public about the current legislation and their Charter rights.We at Police on Guard forThee. have tried to remain as neutral as possible by providing information to the public about the current legislation and their Charter rights, but we believe it is imperative to issue a very clear and concise statement at this time.This type of irresponsible direction from our institutions will have severe repercussions for our children. This policy amounts to state sanctioned cruel and unusual punishment in violation of section 12 of the Charter. Simply put, it is neglect. It is unfortunate that some parents will actually adhere to this direction, and for that we are saddened.We implore parents not to follow these guidelines as the consequences for our children will be extremely damaging and long lasting.

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