Is everybody totally confused now, about Covid-19 rules when the schools open again in September?
Apparently Boris Johnson has u-turned on a previous decision and decided that, in England,
staff and pupils in secondary schools in local lockdown areas like Manchester and Birmingham will be required to wear face coverings when moving around the building and in communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain. Masks will not be mandated in the classroom.
masks will not be obligatory but school leaders will have the discretion to require face coverings in communal areas if they believe that is “right in their particular circumstances”.
So he’ll be able to blame head teachers if outbreaks occur.
There is only one sane choice for head teachers who are given it: Masks everywhere.
I wrote back in March, “Children are brilliant at spreading disease. I remember a trip to Lyme Regis, back when I was at junior school; one girl on the coach had chicken pox and was found to have it very soon – but by the end of the week we all had it and one of the teachers spent the following term extremely ill with it.”
If that happens with Covid-19, it could be fatal.
I am supported in my believe by this:
Happy UK has dropped advice *against* face masks in schools. But face facts: schools are the recipe for aerosol transmission: crowded, indoor spaces with lots of talking for hours. Masking is essential. @Dr2NisreenAlwan @melindacmills @CMO_England https://t.co/XJ8ceNNJFP
— Jenn Dowd (@drjenndowd) August 25, 2020
That’s an Oxford professor, expert in infections, by the way.
Finally, there’s the fact that adults are far more likely to suffer the worst effects of Covid-19 than children – and for single parents that could be disastrous:
Children going back to school is terrifying to people like Jennifer & her son, not just of catching the virus, but coping as a result as well. Government should support, not punish parents.
— Damo (@Cornish_Damo) August 25, 2020
The plan at the moment is to punish parents who believe the best protection for their children is to keep them away from school.
It doesn’t matter whether Johnson is deliberately trying to cause trouble to them or simply doesn’t have the intelligence to realise that people will be hurt because he hasn’t provided for them.
The result will be the same.
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