Viral immunologist speaks out against ‘abusive’ child-quarantine policies

Anthony Furey
Toronto Sun, Mar 22, 2021

A Canadian immunologist who conducts research into COVID-19 says that Ontario’s child-quarantine policies aren’t based on science and that his family’s not going to be fully following them.

Byram Bridle, an associate professor of viral immunology at the University of Guelph, fired off an open letter over the weekend to public health officials, politicians and media after being instructed to isolate his son alone for two weeks because a student in his class tested positive for the virus.

“I am a viral immunologist who conducts COVID-19 research, so I am speaking from an incredibly well-informed position,” the letter states. “I am also a parent. From both perspectives, these policies for children who have had a classmate test positive for COVID-19 are nothing short of abusive.”

Bridle attached a copy of the letter his household received from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, which instructed them to have their child “isolate in a separate room” for 14 days and to keep a distance of two metres from other family members.

Bridle’s son has Down syndrome and there were no separate guidelines sent out concerning children with special needs.

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