Publication date: June 30, 2020
Children worldwide seem to play a small role in the spread of the coronavirus. It is mainly adults who pass it on to each other. And that’s good news, because this opens the door for grandpas and grandmas to look after their grandchildren again. Something that both grandparents and grandchildren look forward to.
At the outbreak of the coronavirus, not much is known about who plays which role in the spread of the virus. One thing is clear, people aged 70 and older are at high risk of infection. Strict rules apply to them when it comes to keeping their distance. Babysitting is one of those rules, which is no longer allowed. After all, it is not easy to ask a child to keep a distance from a loved one.
Children have little influence on distribution
But researchers have not sat still, and one thing has become clear from all that research: children have little influence on the spread of COVID-19. In fact, hardly any children have been reported with the virus. Not with the GGD or the GPs. In addition, when they are ill they hardly have any complaints and they are not the source of distribution. For this reason, RIVM has amended the guidelines. Children up to the age of 18 do not have to keep their distance from one another. Children up to the age of 12 no longer have to keep their distance from adults.
The outcome of the study is good news for schools and day care centers. The children have been allowed to return there since May 6. And it works, because no increase in infections has been observed, not even among the staff of the schools and day care centers. In addition, extra hygiene measures have been taken.
Be careful again!
And this is also good news for grandparents looking after their grandchildren, because it is allowed again. It is not necessary to keep a distance for grandchildren up to the age of 12. Older than 12 years old, it is recommended to keep the distance of 1.5 meters, especially if the health of the grandparent is frail. What also remains in force is that if the grandparent or the child has snotty, cold or other complaints, do not visit each other for a while. And keep washing hands regularly and sneezing and coughing in the elbow. So you can be careful again, but stay alert.
(Source: RIVM, RTL News)