LAST week I commented on Twitter that I found it odd, if not unnerving, to witness parents placing masks on their children – particularly those under the age of ten – before entering shops.
I argued that this is nothing less than abusive, not least because it has been proved repeatedly that children pose a minuscule risk when it comes to Covid-19. Furthermore evidence suggests that the wearing of masks at best may be insanitary and and at worst be an open invitation to the virus. The government and teaching unions are failing children and their parents by not telling them the truth while fuelling needless anxieties and fears.
This week marks the start of term for some schools. Over-11s will have to wear masks in corridors and communal areas at schools in areas with high coronavirus transmission levels. Worryingly, head teachers in any secondary school will have the authority to order face coverings should they wish.
We ask you, TCW readers, how you feel on this issue.