Parents pressuring GPs for COVID-19 certificates

There is no test other than time to exclude the novel coronavirus, says RACGP president Dr Harry Nespolon

GPs have been coming under pressure from parents requesting certificates to declare their child free of COVID-19 to enable them to return to school or childcare.

Dr Harry Nespolon
RACGP president Dr Harry Nespolon.

But RACGP president Dr Harry Nespolon says it is not possible to write such a certificate or to declare the child free of the virus causing the illness, SARS-CoV-2, unless they have served their 14 days’ self-isolation.