Use code TPM for up to 66% off at MyPillow.com

ADVERTISEMENT

Students with just a runny nose or a sore throat no longer need to be tested to go back to school.

Students who show only one of the other symptoms on Ontario’s screening questionnaire will be sent home but will be allowed to return after 24 hours.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Ontario students who were sent home due to a runny nose or a sore throat will no longer have to get tested or isolate for 14 days before returning to school, as the Ford government changed the policy to allow them to return to school 48 hours ago.

This comes after many parents had to wait up to eight hours in line to get their child tested, causing major testing backlogs, because their child had a symptom which is not even included as a COVID-19 symptom on Health Canada’s list.

Any student showing one of the four most common COVID-19 symptoms,  fever, cough, loss of taste or smell, and shortness of breath. will still have to either get a negative test result or self isolate for 14 days before they can return to school or daycare.

Students who show only one of the other symptoms on Ontario’s screening questionnaire will be sent home but will be allowed to return after 24 hours, as long as their symptoms improve, reports CP24.

The province entirely removed abdominal pain and pink eye from its symptom from its list of symptoms.

Ontario’s Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe told the public On Thursday that “We are changing the policy and clarifying that schools and daycares should not be requiring a negative COVID test (if children have just one symptom); in fact they shouldn’t even be requiring a doctor’s note.”

“The parent knows the child the best so if the parent has consulted the provider and the child is feeling better they should be able to go back to school.”

Dr. Yaffe also explained that Ontario didn’t follow suit earlier, because 17 percent of children who test positive for COVID-19 have a runny nose. She added “We felt that we had to include runny nose; however we know that runny nose is a very common symptom and in the vast, vast majority of cases it is not COVID-19.” “There are all sorts of other causes. There are other viruses circulating in the community or the kid might have just been outside and got a runny nose. It is still there (on the list) but what we want to look at really is whether it is a significant symptom and whether they have other symptoms as well. If they only have the runny nose and they go home and it gets better and they have no other symptoms then they can go back to school the next day.”

Under the new screening guidance, students who show more than one of the less common symptoms will still have to get tested for COVID-19 or self isolate for 14 days before returning to school.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
N/A by N/A is licensed under N/A

Join and support independent free thinkers!

We’re independent and can’t be cancelled. The establishment media is increasingly dedicated to divisive cancel culture, corporate wokeism, and political correctness, all while covering up corruption from the corridors of power. The need for fact-based journalism and thoughtful analysis has never been greater. When you support The Post Millennial, you support freedom of the press at a time when it's under direct attack. Join the ranks of independent, free thinkers by supporting us today for as little as $1.

Support The Post Millennial

Remind me in September

We will use this to send you a single email in September 2020. To find out what personal data we collect and how we use it, please visit our Privacy Policy

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
ADVERTISEMENT
© 2022 The Post Millennial, Privacy Policy