It is now safe for children under the age of 10 to hug their grandparents, the Swiss government said in the latest revision of the council for measures to combat the corona virus epidemic.
Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Ministry of Health Daniel Koch says scientists have come to the conclusion that young children do not transmit the virus. However, he noted that the visits should be short and do not involve babysitting.
Switzerland is one of several European countries that has begun to mitigate isolation measures. Garden centers and hair salons are reopened this week, and schools and non-grocery stores will begin operating within two weeks. Dr. Koch said in a news conference that the original advice was that children should not visit grandparents issued at a time when it was not sufficiently known how the corona virus was transmitted.
“Young children are not susceptible to infection and do not transmit the virus. They just don't have the receptors they need to be able to get infected, “Koch explained, adding that many older people” live to see their grandchildren “and that it's important for their mental health.
According to him, the risk for the elderly is not their children but their parents.
The revised official guidelines were published after consultation with experts at the universities of Zurich, Bern and Geneva. The new tips are for younger children who do not show signs of illness, while older children should still avoid contact.
Koch advised only “brief contacts with grandchildren”, without family gatherings, babysitting and spending time with them outside their homes. However, not all experts agree with the findings of the Swiss government. According to the BBC, the chief German virologist Christian Drosten warns that there is not enough information to confirm that young children cannot transmit the virus.
According to him, different studies differently answer the question of whether children can “hook” a virus and whether they can transmit it further.
In the UK, it is still recommended that children should not have contact with grandmothers and blankets. When asked at a news conference this week when children would be able to hug with them, Health Minister Matt Hencock replied that he “fully understood” the importance of spending time with family, but that it was very important that “people who are the vulnerable continue to be protected. “
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