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Swiss children can hug elderly again - we must embrace this move, too

Larissa Nolan


I hadn't realised my mother was keeping up to date on evolving Covid-19 policy in Switzerland about hugging

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TWO-WAY BOND: A boy with his grandmother, such an important relationship

TWO-WAY BOND: A boy with his grandmother, such an important relationship

TWO-WAY BOND: A boy with his grandmother, such an important relationship

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.