According to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, some US parents were not honest about their children’s coronavirus symptoms, quarantine measures and testing guidelines, potentially contributing to the viral spread.
The study, which was conducted by researchers from the United States and England, aimed to examine “Covid-19-related (public health measures) misrepresentations and trends of neglect by parents of their children, their causes, and resources of individual characteristics.” with this behavior.”
The study sampled more than 1,700 US adults in December 2021, vizAcross the country, there were 580 with parents whose children under 18 lived with them throughout the pandemic. Seventy percent of respondents were female, and all participants were recruited online.
A quarter of parents reported “misrepresenting and disregarding COVID-19 recommendations” in at least 1 of 7 COVID-related behaviors, which are related to exposure, quarantine, vaccination and testing.
Among the most popular reasons given by parents were “I wanted to exercise my freedom to do what I wanted with my child”, followed by “My child did not feel too sick” and “I wanted my child to have a ‘normal’ life. Let it feel.'”
Others did not want their child to miss school, or that they could not miss work to stay home and provide care, while others expressed concern that they or their child might feel judged by others.
“These findings suggest that some of the (public health measures) implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19 have been compromised by parents misrepresenting and neglecting their children, contributing to COVID-19-related morbidity and mortality,” said the study. .
“Our findings suggest a serious public health challenge in the immediate context of the COVID-19 pandemic, including future waves affecting exhausted parents, as well as future infectious disease outbreaks,” the study continued, acknowledging that more work is needed to identify which groups. Parents are less likely to misrepresent Covid status and subsequently adopt support measures that are less likely to be disrespectful.