LOS ANGELES – During the pandemic, roughly 25.9% of parents lied about their child’s COVID test results to prevent them from missing school and other activities, according to a new study.
The survey, titled “Parental Non-Compliance with Health Policy Recommendations to Prevent Childhood Transmission of COVID-19,” was published on Jama Network Open.
The study was conducted by a team of researchers from the universities of Iowa, Utah, Colorado, Connecticut and the UK.
Of 580 U.S. parents who completed a nationwide online survey in December 2021, more than a quarter reported “misrepresentation and/or noncompliance” in at least one of seven behaviors.
One of the most common behaviors (24% of parents) was failing to tell someone who was close to their child that they knew or suspected their child had COVID.
The study found that another 21% of parents said they let their child “break quarantine rules.”
The authors of the study wrote that the most common reason parents broke these rules was to “exploit personal parental freedom.”
The parents also said they wanted their children’s lives to “be normal” and didn’t want to miss work or other responsibilities to stay at home with their kids.
21% of parents who took part in a recent survey said they let their children “break quarantine rules.”
The average age of parents was 35.9 years.
Most of them were women (403) compared to 171 men.
Several races and nationalities were represented.
The study suggests that parents’ failure to comply with public health measures may have hindered efforts to limit the spread of COVID, possibly “contributing to the morbidity and mortality associated with COVID-19.”
In addition, the findings state that “some children received a vaccine that was not fully tested and approved for their age group.”
The study had some limitations.
It used improbability sampling, meaning that not all members of the population had an equal chance of participating.
Also, because the results were self-reported, some parents may not have reported their non-compliance with public health measures.
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The study authors wrote that even with limitations, the results “suggest a major public health challenge in the immediate context of the COVID-19 pandemic, including future spikes affecting tired parents as well as future infectious disease outbreaks.”
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They noted that more research is needed to determine which groups are most likely to evade COVID-related public health measures and identify reasons for breaking the rules.
Fox News Digital has reached out to the authors of the study for comment.
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first appeared on Texas Standard News.