According to the Head of the UK Health Security Agency ‘children are less at risk from Covid’ and masks in schools are ‘not a priority‘. Crossing the road is just as risky for children then Covid.
So while the 12-15 year old vaccination programme has stalled in most areas. While schools are still waiting for additional air quality monitors. And while masks and social distancing in schools have been suspended. Here is the reality. Since the outbreak, COVID in the UK has resulted in
91 children deaths
570 teachers deaths
9000 children have been hospitalised
53000 cases of long Covid in children
One in 15 secondary school pupils being currently infected
On average 50 children are being admitted to hospital every day.
So I have a few questions for our Head of the UK Health Security Agency. The same Head who thought it was perfectly safe for people to attend large public events last year, the same Head who thought tracing infections wasn’t a priority, the same Head who said people were not being Adult when they complained that health workers couldn’t get hold of PPE protection, the same Head who described the UK Covid approach as exemplary and world leading. The questions are
Are schools really as safe as they should be. Is the school strategy to infect as many of our children as possible. Is Covid still less dangerous than crossing the road for children.