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Pediatricians raise concern about COVID-19 prevention protocols in schools

  • June 30, 2020
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Tuesday’s Mainichi reported that multiple medical associations made up of pediatricians have issued health advisories, warning school administrators and parents against requiring infants and children to follow the established protocols for preventing the spread of the coronavirus. The groups reportedly stressed that face shields or face masks may not be necessary for elementary school-age and younger children, arguing that such practices could do more harm than good, including causing heat stroke and other health problems. They also reportedly noted that having students put masks on could backfire by spreading the virus since they may not be able to remove their masks in the proper manner. The pediatricians also reportedly cautioned against forcing children to practice social distancing since they need close contact and physical intimacy to maintain healthy minds and bodies. These experts reportedly plan to ask the GOJ to issue public health guidelines on COVID-19 infection for children since the ones presented in May by the GOJ coronavirus taskforce failed to take their views into account.

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