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Parliamentary question - E-005392/2020Parliamentary question

Problems relating to swab tests performed on children

Question for written answer  E-005392/2020/rev.1
to the Commission
Rule 138
Stefania Zambelli (ID), Antonio Maria Rinaldi (ID), Anna Bonfrisco (ID), Simona Baldassarre (ID)

The current pandemic is leading to an increase in the number of swab tests being prescribed, including by paediatricians, for children of all ages.

Nasopharyngeal swabs pose a number of health risks, such as the breakage of the swab with subsequent inhalation, possible injury to the nasal, oral and pharyngeal mucosa, but also psychological trauma for the child.

The nasopharyngeal swab test is, to all intents and purposes, a medical act, which requires the informed consent of parents or a guardian. However, they are not receiving adequate information about the operational risks of the swab test.

The prescription of such an invasive and risky procedure is being based solely on mild and clinically unspecific symptoms.

In light of the above, can the Commission say:

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