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30 Aug, 10 tweets, 2 min read
Another day, another European country embarrassing the US with its rational child COVID policies (this time courtesy of Norway):

First, and most importantly: "Children under 12 years are not recommended to use face masks"

"Children who play together do not have to keep a distance. Children can have friends for sleepovers if everyone is well"

"Leisure activities are important for the physical & mental well-being of children & adolescents. Therefore, leisure activities should be maintained"

"Transmission in schools and childcare centres contributes only to a small extent in the spread of COVID-19 in the society"

"in areas where adults are mainly vaccinated, it is expected that an increasing proportion of all cases will occur among the child population"

"The risk of severe COVID-19 disease course is very low, both among children and adolescents in general, but also among children and adolescents with serious and chronic diseases or conditions"

"Symptoms of COVID-19 can be difficult to distinguish from allergies"

"So far, studies show that there is little risk of long-term effects of mild COVID-19 among children and adolescents"

"Children who get COVID-19 usually have a mild disease course. The symptoms are usually mild & short-lived, & can be difficult to distinguish from other respiratory tract infections. In most cases, children & adolescents who are ill will not have COVID-19, but other infections"
Guidelines "are based on the infectivity of children & adolescents, & their right to education & social needs"

"The youngest children often do not complain about sore throats & body aches, but it is often noticed that they are getting sick when they whine more than usual"

"Children of primary school and childcare age who only have a runny nose and are otherwise in good form with no other signs of a new respiratory tract infection do not need to stay at home or be tested"

"Similarly, if the child has COVID-19, they must receive adequate care and attention from parents or others, even though this may mean that it is not possible to keep a distance."

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