My mother was first with the exclusive last Wednesday, sent to me via text message: "Gr8 news Lar, it safe to hug grandkids." The hope and excitement in the SMS radiated off the screen.
I hadn't realised she was following coronavirus breaking news alerts so closely to be up to date on evolving policy at Switzerland's infectious disease unit. But for her, this development was more exciting than the moon landings: it was like giving her the moon.
Its chief, Daniel Koch, had announced that children under the age of 10 could give their grandparents a hug, and announced this, knowing physical affection can save elder's and children's mental health.
"We now know children do not transmit this," Koch said. "Young children are not infected and do not transmit the virus. They just don't have the receptors to catch the disease. That is why small children pose no risk to high-risk patients or grandparents."
He added: "Many grandparents live to see their grandchildren: it is important for their wellbeing."
It was a relief to hear, because a few days before, myself and my son drove the 40km out the road to see his beloved "Nana" for the first time in six weeks, with a necessary drop of protective equipment.
When we got there, the two of them put on masks and gloves, and draped themselves in a thick blanket each, like a pair of ghosts.
Then they hugged each other, in a silent embrace, suspended in the moment. I stood there watching them thinking: all love is there, in that desperation.
It was not only yearning grandparents who were thrilled by the possibilities of Swiss science as the key to unlocking the lives of childhoods cruelly put on pause.
Over the remainder of the week, it was the main topic of conversation among all those involved in raising kids: parents, teachers, aunts and uncles.
We'd wanted clarity on this issue for some time now, knowing such knowledge is the solution to a significant easing of the social toll being wreaked by the virus. If we can establish this, it will allow them back to see friends, to play in freedom, to go to school, to visit family. Its potential is huge. So why is such an important question being effectively sidelined? While everything else is put on freeze?
Parental instinct - overall - tends to veer on the side that children are not getting the virus in the first place; that they are not the "vectors" they were labelled as. There was never any solid evidence that they were, but that didn't prevent the theory being widely accepted and behaviours adopted accordingly.
It seems more likely to many of us that kids - by and large - are not silently catching it and passing it on. If so, we'd all have it. Of course, we need to play it safe until we know.
But isn't it an area of research that should be prioritised? Shouldn't we put the focus of our scientific studies on finding out definitively if children are getting this virus at all - or if their little bodies are able to head it off at the pass?
If the Swiss know something we don't, we have to make it our business to find out what that is. Switzerland's leaders realise that the risk of illness - and death - must be balanced by the certainty of psychological and immense social damage. Coronavirus will be in our lives for the foreseeable future: if children are at a very low risk, their ability to socially interact normally must be reassessed.
Clarity on this has the potential to open up their lives again. When children are happy, society is happy. They have been stoic and adapted well, but it's hard not to wonder: what's going on in their heads? What is being internalised, when I shout: "Two metres!" at my son in the park if he comes near another child? Are they stuffing it all down into a box in their minds, only for it to burst out the sides later?
The Government's five-point roadmap to recovery on May Day felt like floating on air after so long in lockdown. But the announcement along with it that schools would remain closed until September gave me a lurch in my stomach. No more Fourth Class. It's a huge blow to children's development and quality of life. To their sense of security and normality.
Does it really have to be this way? In Switzerland - which I have now decided is a utopia, as you can see - the schools are reopening in a fortnight. No doubt this is linked to Daniel Koch's scientific findings.
On The Late Late Show, Leo Varadkar said he was aware there were a lot of kids who want to see their friends and get back to school. He told Ryan Tubridy they would be keeping an eye on the situation in other countries and seeing "how the science develops". Good to hear.
Kids only get one childhood: we must prioritise research that could allow them to live their lives to the full as soon as possible.