Sunday, May 22

The eight-year-old is healthy but crying. He has tried quarantine life before.

Unfortunately, it helps little that the schools are at the green level, when you are at home in quarantine without symptoms with a negative test result in hand, writes Martin Solheim.

Let children and young people have their normal everyday life. Consider the quarantine rules!

This is a debate post. Opinions in the text are at the writer’s expense.

The corona is ravaging! At press conferences and in interviews, we hear that special consideration must be given to children and young people. It is open for participation in sports and leisure activities.

Today’s quarantine rules states that: “For those who live with one or more people who are isolated, a test to end the quarantine can be taken at the earliest 11 days (4 + 7) after the onset of illness in the last patient in the household.”

This is understandable from epidemiological theory and infection control considerations, but it rhymes poorly with the government’s claims to protect children and young people.

22 days in quarantine

Let me try to describe with an example:

Imagine a family with three children (three, six and eight years old) and two working adults. They adhere to the infection control recommendations and live a fairly normal life.

One day, the six-year-old has a headache. The test shows positive for covid-19. What’s up?

  1. The six-year-old bursts into tears and gets scared. What’s happening to me now? She feels guilty that the whole family can be infected.
  2. The eight-year-old is crying. He has tried quarantine life before. No play with friends or school for the next 11 days. The six-year-old is symptom-free the next day, but must be in isolation for six days.
  3. The three-year-old tests positive five days after the six-year-old. The eight-year-old tests negative the same day.
  4. New quarantine. The eight-year-old cries and is frustrated, but is still symptom-free and healthy. The kindergarten calls and says that they have closed due to staff shortages.
  5. After seven days, a healthy and asymptomatic six-year-old comes out of isolation. At the same time, one of the parents tests positive. The eight-year-old in new quarantine.
  6. It takes another four days. The other parent tests positive and must be in isolation. In the meantime, the three-year-old has come out of isolation and can go to kindergarten. Who follows the children?
  7. The eight-year-old still tests negative and comes out of quarantine after a total of 22 days. He is afraid that his friends will forget him, he has lost schooling and been detained for over three weeks.

Easy to lose heart

Our family is now at point 4. Points 5-7 are an imaginary, but not an unlikely further race. In addition, the children are at home with their parents working full time. Those who have tried home office with children know what this can mean.

“We must spare children and young people,” we hear the Prime Minister say. For those of us who see how the children feel about today’s infection control rules, it is easy to get discouraged.

Do our elected representatives really know how ordinary people live? Unfortunately, it does not help that the football training has started, and that the schools are at a green level, when you are at home in quarantine without symptoms with a negative test result in hand.

Pay attention to children and young people. Let them have their normal everyday life. Consider the quarantine rules!

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