13 Pediatric specialists sent an open letter to Quebec asking the province to relax physically distancing rules for kids, saying it's unhealthy to keep them apart saying children need social interaction for healthy development.
The letter apparently have the support of 1,500 other professionals in healthcare, like teachers, daycare educators, and others who work with children and teens and since the letter was sent Sunday about 2500 Quebec physicians have signed a petition demanding Quebec Premier François Legault relax some of the more “preposterous” rules for COVID-19 prevention for children at schools, daycares and day camps, as they may do more harm than good.
They say keeping kids apart from each other can harm them in ways that might not be obvious, that social interaction has a different and greater importance for kids, especially young ones, than it does for adults. - Social interaction is key to children’s learning, the experts wrote in the letter.
Quebec’s public health director says he’s working on amending some of the rules. “We have already changed the camp ratios this summer, coming back to what it was before, and we will do the work for, I would say, daycare centres and schools,” Dr. Horatio Arruda said.