I recently received a text from the teacher of my five-year-old requesting that I screened my child for COVID-19 at home before sending her to school.
Apparently, a few children had been exhibiting flu symptoms, and the school was concerned that there was a COVID-19 outbreak.
Schools have always been a cesspool of germs. Prior to the pandemic, parents would get stressed over chicken pox or flu outbreaks. So these spreads are nothing new. But it seems COVID-19 is the only thing on the school’s mind. With the majority of us being vaccinated, should we even be as concerned about it anymore?
For three years, we have been reminded to stay at home if we’re feeling under the weather.
Being in the endemic phase shouldn’t mean schools could now go in the opposite direction by allowing in children who are obviously unwell. Neither should they immediately jump to the conclusion that these flu symptoms are COVID-related.
We need to remain vigilant post-COVID; and we also need to make parents take on the responsibility of preventing their children from causing an outbreak in school, be it COVID-19 or another infection.