COVID-19 is a concern for most people around the world. But there is a category of people who experience increased anxiety, and it is parents. Children’s health is a priority for responsible and loving parents. Therefore, they constantly monitor the situation in the region and study this topic to protect their children. However, the COVID-19 positivity rate is causing confusion and misunderstanding among all parents.
Although this indicator influences the decision-making regarding your children. Parents understand their responsibility for the health of their children and that they can decide whether their children go to school or stay at home basing on the COVID-19 positivity rate. But at the same time, no one can explain which indicator is high and which is safe. Some regions close schools at 3% rates, and in some regions, children continue to go to school at 5% rates.
Therefore, many parents experience additional stress due to not understanding the situation.
According to the experts, the positivity rate is not an indicator of the incidence rate in your area. This indicator shows the level of testing in your area and the percentage of positive results. Therefore, sometimes this indicator may be lower in those regions where the incidence rate is higher.
Although this figure does not show the incidence rate in the region, it does affect quarantine restrictions. Therefore, parents want to know which rate of positive results is high to understand how to proceed.
Unfortunately, there is no definite answer, and each region decides at its discretion. However, the World Health Organization recommends that quarantine restrictions not be reduced until a positive rate of 5% is achieved.
Experts recommend that parents pay attention to other indicators too. If the incidence rate is high or there are COVID-19 patients around your children, then parents should limit children’s communication and take all measures to protect the child. And of course, parents should monitor the situation in the country and the region, but remain calm to act adequately in cases of illness of the child. A correct and healthy response will help parents cope with all difficulties. At the same time, experts argue that local authorities must inform the population on time.