Local health experts encourage parents to keep up fight against COVID-19

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CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ks. – Kelli Donaldson is a Southeast Kansas mother of six who takes the Coronavirus seriously, especially when it comes to her kids. She says she’s headed straight to the doctor if she sees potential COVID-19 symptoms in one of her children.

“My first reaction would be to get a hold of the doctor and take them out there and have a COVID test done, just so we can be on the safe side for everybody,” said Donaldson.

But not every Kansas parent thinks that way when it comes to their kids and the Coronavirus.

According to the Kansas City Star, Overland Park doctors are warning parents on social media because they keep encountering moms and dads who are backing off from testing their kids, simply to avoid the headache of a positive result. The paper reports that parents not wanting their kids to miss out on sporting events is a popular excuse, but that logic doesn’t sit well with local health experts.

“It’s always hard to keep your kids out of a competition whether it be soccer or baseball, tennis, whatever’s going on this summer. You really don’t want your children out and competing with others when they’re ill from anything, but especially COVID. It is important that they do stay home and quarantine for those 10 days while they’re sick,” said Crawford County Health Department Director Teddi Van Kam.

Van Kam says she’s not seeing the same trend among local parents that’s concerning doctors in Overland Park and she wants it to stay that way.

“I think parents here have worked very hard to keep on top of what’s going on with their kids, and know when to take them into the pediatrician and when they can treat them,” said Van Kam.

Kelli Donaldson is definitely one of those parents, and as for the moms and dads who think their kid testing positive for COVID-19 would be a hassle, Kelli’s got a message for them.

“I think it would definitely be a bigger hassle to have sick children running around, not knowing what they have, passing it on to their siblings and others,” said Donaldson.