During the pandemic, some 25.9% of parents lied about their kids’ COVID test results to prevent their kids from having to miss school and other activities, a new study has found.
The survey, titled “Parental Nonadherence to Health Policy Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission Among Children,” was published in the Jama Network Open.
A team of researchers from universities in Iowa, Utah, Colorado, Connecticut and the U.K. conducted the study.
Of the 580 U.S. parents who responded to a national online survey in December 2021, more than a quarter reported “misrepresentation and/or nonadherence” in at least one of seven behaviors.
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One of the most common behaviors (24% of parents) was failing to tell someone who had been around their child that they knew or suspected their child had COVID.
Another 21% of parents said they permitted their child to “break quarantine rules,” the …