😷 Covid tests for kids

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With parents hesitant to get their kids tested, there could be unreported Covid cases.

Story so far: The number of cases in the city has been on the rise recently. However, fewer cases have been reported among kids, particularly those up to age 9. The number has stagnated compared to a month back, with a slight decrease. 

  • Dr. Jagdish Chinnappa from Manipal Hospital said they’re getting patients with flu-like symptoms. However, without getting tested, it’s impossible to know if they have Covid-19. 

It is also flu season. So, it’s not unusual to see people with flu-like symptoms. Also, schools are back underway, and there’s no way to know if kids are getting exposed without testing. Doctors have advised parents to get their kids tested if there are no signs of recovery in 2-3 days.

Parents’ concerns: Some parents don’t want to opt for testing because they don’t want to spend the money. Others are worried about the stigma around the disease. They don’t want people to know as the isolation period is 10 days.

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