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Runny nose and daycare

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Oct 17, 2002
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Runny nose and daycare

So last week my daughter had a bit of a runny nose and the daycare she's at said she couldnt come back until we saw a doctor to see if she required a covid test.

Got the doctors note, and no recommendation of the covid test. However, I was looking at the Ontario Screening test (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/) and there's no mention of a runny nose as a symptom.

If the gov't doesnt view that as a symptom, what basis did the daycare get to keep my daughter out of daycare (and of course, keep the fees?)
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Dec 5, 2006
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KennyX wrote: So last week my daughter had a bit of a runny nose and the daycare she's at said she couldnt come back until we saw a doctor to see if she required a covid test.

Got the doctors note, and no recommendation of the covid test. However, I was looking at the Ontario Screening test (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/) and there's no mention of a runny nose as a symptom.

If the gov't doesnt view that as a symptom, what basis did the daycare get to keep my daughter out of daycare (and of course, keep the fees?)
Be cautious and also make daycare workers and other parents comfortable

Those symptoms website mentioned are just the common ones but not the only ones. Better safe than regret

Or put it this way: if you saw some kids in your daughter's class have running nose, don't you have any concerns? I know I would ask teacher

Here is an article from cbc
"The most-reported symptoms of COVID-19 are now a headache, sore throat, and runny nose, according to the research team behind a U.K. symptom tracking app, and medical experts here in Canada "
https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.6069831
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Aug 31, 2014
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Omg. That list of symptoms is cut down by half as of this last update. Runny nose was definitely on the previous version. This is the government trying to minimize the amount of time people need to take off work to take their kids for a test.
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Oct 4, 2006
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Runny nose has been off and on that list since covid kicked.

My daughter started daycare in April and has been for 9 tests so far, one due to an actual positive case in her class. Thankfully negative every time but all due to runny nose, some of it was caused by teething I think twice she's actually been "sick" for a couple days. Ultimately with the way things were going and the now fear for variants it can't be too cautious. Have I had to take days off sure... has it sucked yes... every time seemed to coincide with a busy stretch at work but thankfully my boss understood, I tried to pick up any effort I could at home (not much in the field) but it is what it is.

I'd rather kids stay home if sick than go in and get everyone else sick. Ultimately... if I'm keeping my kids home I'd hope others are keeping theirs home and not playing the "ohh they're not that sick they can go in". Daycares have been pretty good, from what I can tell, with being honest and not just sending them home if its slightly runny for a short while, but more when its clearly runny all day long.
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Dec 5, 2006
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Dynatos wrote: Runny nose and headache was very, very recently (like, within the last few days) removed from the screening tool in preparation for schools opening. Daycares likely aren't up to date yet.

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/mobile/runny ... -1.5566603
just saw it, in the same recommendation, it is also said"
"It should be noted that the parents will still be expected to keep their children home from childcare or school if they display any symptoms, even ones not included on the list. "
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Feb 7, 2017
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Ontario just changed their Covid Screening List for Schools & Daycares

Article about the Proposed Changes (2 days ago) = https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/0 ... aches.html

And the results (today) = https://globalnews.ca/news/8152188/covi ... -symptoms/

Runny Nose & Headaches are now gone

Think this reflects Health Canada & Canada Public Health taking them off their list recently
Covid Symptoms (August 20, 2021 UPDATE) = https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/ ... oms.html#s

Agree tho … things might still differ by individual Public Health Unit (Oakville = Halton ? )
Or ya even by facility or school board

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