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Uncovering the Truth: Research Reveals 1 in 4 Parents are Misrepresenting Their Child's COVID-19 Status

More than 25% of parents surveyed report that they were less than truthful about their children’s COVID-19 status or that they didn't follow the disease’s preventive guidelines during the pandemic for their offspring, according to a nationwide study led in part by University of Utah scientists.

Among the most common reasons cited were an inability to stay home from work to care for their sick children and wanting to make decisions about their child’s health care without input from outside authorities. In some cases, parents had a different motivation for lying. Some parents of younger children lied about their child’s age so they could get vaccinated.

The study appears in the March 6, 2023, issue of JAMA Network Open.

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