Alberta parents question the safety of sending their children to school without COVID-19 pandemic restrictions
For Lindsey Kemp, the Alberta government intends to remove almost all COVID-19 restrictions by the end of summer, which feels like a slap in the face.
Her son George is five years old this year. He has undergone two heart operations, and his immune function is low. Like more than 650,000 Albertans under the age of 12, George cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Some children are sick. Some children have passed away. There are long-term effects that we don’t know about,” Kemp said on Thursday.
Since June 29, Alberta Chief Health Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced in her first daily pandemic announcement since June 29 There have been some changes in the pandemic response measures in the provinces.
Starting today, the province will no longer require close contacts with confirmed cases to be isolated except in high-risk environments.
On August 16, Alberta will lose almost all remaining restrictions.
Mask requirements for public transportation, taxis and carpooling will be cancelled, and the provincial government will not recommend people with mild symptoms to be tested. Most COVID-19 positive cases will no longer need to be isolated.
Alberta Health Minister Taylor Sandro said the government will continue to monitor the serious consequences of children under 12 years of age.
“When it comes to serious consequences, we don’t see those who are currently not eligible for vaccinations have these concerns.”
So far, there have been 14 deaths among people aged 0-19 years old in Canada related to COVID-19, accounting for approximately 0.1% of the total deaths.
Alberta did not report the number of deaths in this age group, but 288 people were hospitalized, of which 57 have been in the intensive care unit since the pandemic began.
But Kemp felt that the data did not take into account people like her son.
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“I think it’s too early,” she said. “And I think a lot of people resonate with this and feel difficult for yesterday’s announcement.”
“Science and data are based on helping people with the privilege of a healthy immune system,” she said. “That’s why I said that a large part of the population is often forgotten.”
Reduce quarantine requirements cause anxiety
Dr. Lynora Saxinger, an infectious disease expert at the University of Alberta, said the province’s goal now is to see COVID-19 as one of many infections that will continue to spread in the foreseeable future.
Saxinger said: “From our pandemic response to what we are saying now, it’s really a huge change. It’s just part of the menu that people may be infected.”
Sachsinger said the biggest worry is that it is too early to do so.
With the increase in non-COVID-19 respiratory infections, Sassinger believes that if workplaces and schools continue to treat symptoms of other respiratory infections, they may have decided to relax measures to prevent overwork in autumn workplaces and schools. New Coronavirus Pneumonia (COVID-19): New Coronary Pneumonia (COVID-19): COVID-19.
But the sudden cancellation of the test ability was related to Matthew Green. His 6-year-old daughter attended Edmonton Public Schools.
“My daughter cannot be vaccinated. Her classmates cannot be vaccinated,” he said.
“Now we are told that if one of her classmates tests positive, they can go to school and spread among unvaccinated children.
“I appreciate and respect that we need to enter a world where we really treat it like any other respiratory disease. The difference is that things like the flu are that children can be vaccinated.”
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The leader of the opposition New Democratic Party, Rachel Notley, called on the government to revoke the decision to abandon the safeguards.
She said at a press conference on Thursday: “I do believe that if we are to learn to coexist with COVID-19, Albertans should still know where it is and whether they have been exposed to it.”
School does not wear masks
The government does not plan to require schools to wear masks in the fall.
Jonathan Tghtmeyer of the Alberta Teachers Association said the news was disturbing.
He said that the danger of COVID-19 is not only for students under the age of 12, but also for nearly 40% of unvaccinated adolescents.
“Testing disappeared, contact tracing disappeared, mandatory quarantine disappeared, notification disappeared,” Tagmeier said.
“They will not be aware of the existence of cases in the school, nor will they be aware of the relative risks.”
These concerns were responded to by Wing Li, who supports our students, an organization dedicated to ensuring the safety of students during the pandemic.
She said: “It feels like abandoning the responsibility and care of vulnerable children, but they have not obtained drug innovation like adults.”
Lindsey Kemp hopes that more people will openly oppose the decision to return to school through the proposed measures this fall.
“If you are not satisfied with this, do your best, because the more people come up with a united front, the more we have the hope of becoming stronger,” she said.
“Obviously get vaccinated and stay safe, because it is clear that this administration will not do it for Alberta.”