Mom Took Her Son out of School to Protect His Dad From Coronavirus and Could Be Fined for It | 22 Words

Schools in the U.K. for the most part, remain open, but some think this could be causing a bigger risk to family members that are vulnerable to the virus.

When one mom took the initiative to take her son out of school to protect his father, she didn't expect this to happen!

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We are in the midst of a medical crisis.

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The deadly coronavirus, or COVID-19, as medical experts are referring to it, has taken our planet hostage, and is showing no signs of letting go anytime soon.

What exactly is COVID-19, and just how dangerous is it?

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According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is a new strain of coronaviruses that had not been previously been identified in humans.

The virus primarily affects the respiratory system.

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And common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.

But, in more severe cases...

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And in patients who are elderly and have existing health issues, the virus can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

Over 100,000 people all over the world have now been infected with the virus...

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189,758 to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 7,518 more have been reported to have died from the illness.

It's a dire situation.

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And many have been asking the same thing - Where did this virus actually come from?

Well, the virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China.

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On December 31st, 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization of several flu-like cases in Wuhan.

And where did it come from?

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Many different theories have been proposed, but it is now widely believed to have originated from the sale of meat from wild animals, especially bats, where the virus has been discovered in the past.

And, despite infected people being quarantined...

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The virus was alarmingly quick to spread, with cases being reported as far away as Thailand just one week later.

It only took a month for the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency...

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Which was done in an attempt to combat the virus and enable countries to put in strict measures to prevent any further spread.

But these attempts were to little avail.

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Because, fast forward 3 months, and nearly every major country in the world has been infected by the virus, with some of the worst affected being Japan, South Korea, Russia, Italy, Iran, and Spain.

World leaders have been left with little choice but to bring their countries to a total stand-still...

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And many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.

Italy has even gone into total lockdown...

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Leaving their streets completely deserted.

And it didn't take long for the virus to reach us here in the States.

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Our first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington in late January after a citizen returned from a trip to China.

And, since then, the numbers have been rising at a frightening pace.

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Since the first COVID-19 patient in Washington, there have been 5,243 more confirmed cases across the country and ninety-four deaths.

Several cities have declared states of emergencies...

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And, on Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up $50 billion in federal funding and promising a screening website and drive-by tests.

His move came after the World Health Organization confirmed COVID-19 as a pandemic last week.

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FYI... A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.

He also announced a temporary travel ban...

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Which prohibits any travel between the United States and any European country, including the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Yep, things are getting pretty serious.

And many people have been descending into mass hysteria over the risks the virus brings with it.

But despite the panic, schools remain open.

However, some people think this is a bad idea, especially when their kids are coming home to high-risk family members.

One British mom took her eleven-year-old out of school.

But now faces a fine from the school, even though it was to protect his immunosuppressed father.

She's been warned by the headteacher she could be hit with a fine.

The mom - who wants to remain anonymous - said she wrote a letter to the primary school informing them of her decision to safeguard his father, who is on injections that suppress his immune system.

She received a stock letter in return.

The headteacher's letter noted that the absences “will not be authorized," and that each parent could be subject to a £60 ($73) penalty charge.

It had to be paid within twenty-one days.

The letter said: “If the penalty is not paid within the timescale the penalty will increase to £120." This is the equivalent of $145.

The woman lives with her family in Essex, England.

She is calling for all  “unauthorized absence" penalties to be suspended due to the current circumstances, and that tougher measures needed to be in place to tackle the coronavirus in the U.K.

These tougher measures will be discussed in Parliament this week.

She added: “Schools have discretion in how they respond. It's especially important now that schools take a view based on individual circumstances and employ a bit of common sense."

Geoff Barton, the head of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

Schools shouldn't be held accountable for attendance figures plummeting due to the current situation.

The woman first emailed the school last month.

She urged the school to be more proactive in their response to the coronavirus after parents, pupils, and teachers had traveled abroad over half term.

Her partner is an at-risk individual.

He has a condition called psoriatic rheumatoid arthritis and takes TNF (tumor necrosis factor) blockers to suppress the immune system making him highly susceptible to viruses.

She said...

“If our son picks something up and brings it home, he could be completely stuffed."

She expressed her disappointment with the school.

Saying that she and her family, “didn't feel the current response and guidance was adequate and we would be removing our son from school until we knew how this was going to pan out".

Other parents in the area have taken the same protocols.

Making the decision to take their children out of school over fears that the disease might spread to loved ones.

Many parents have taken to social media to vent their frustration.

With most saying they shouldn't have to face the threat of being fined when they're doing what they can to protect the health of their family.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education said...

“The current advice from Public Health England (PHE) is that schools should remain open unless advised otherwise. It is for headteachers to decide whether an individual absence is authorized, but where schools are open and pupils are not unwell and have not been asked to self-isolate by PHE, we would expect them to attend school as normal."

A source said it was a fast-moving situation.

Guidance for families could change as the outbreak develops. Should high-risk families have the added burden of receiving fines for protecting their loved ones? It just doesn't seem right.