Can children hug grandparents? Dr Hilary's warning after Swiss findings

Dr Hilary Jones warned Good Morning Britain viewers against allowing children under the age of 10 to hug their grandparents.

The medical expert responded to Switzerland’s Health Ministry’s Infectious Diseases chief Daniel Koch claims children cannot transmit Covid-19 and are now allowed to hug their elderly loved ones.

However, Dr Hilary isn’t so sure just yet. 

‘I was amazed when I saw that report because it flies in the face of Italy where intergenerational care, which is historical and traditional and was thought to be responsible for spreading the virus so rapidly’ he told GMB hosts, Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. 

‘So the Swiss findings fly in the face of everything we’ve thought before and even if the child is not transmitting the virus in their breath, through respiratory means, certainly the virus can be transmitted by touch.’ 

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Hilary’s latest advice comes after parents fear more children are contracting coronavirus symptoms, presenting a ‘multi-system inflammatory state’ and requiring intensive care. 

An urgent alert, seen by the Health Service Journal, stated: ‘There is a growing concern that a [Covid-19] related inflammatory syndrome is emerging in children in the UK, or that there may be another, as yet unidentified, infectious pathogen associated with these cases.’ 

Dr Hilary previously assured anxious families it was a ‘very small’ number of children showing symptoms but it was ‘baffling’ doctors. 

While he stressed it’s unlikely a child’s rash will have anything to do with coronavirus, he said: ‘The bottom line is if your child has a temperature and gut symptoms, call 111.’

At the time of writing, with lives lost in care homes added to the UK death toll, the country has surpassed 26,000 deaths from Covid-19.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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