Face masks for children are damaging more than just their mental health

Face masks for children are damaging more than just their mental health

Others chime in, each looking distinctly uncomfortable. Emma Thomas, CEO of the charity Young Minds, says: “We as a society are now going to be accepting masks on an ongoing basis, this isn’t just going to be for this year.” Bernadka Dubicka, Chair of the Child and Adolescent Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists, adds: “There is a balance of risks. For every child who doesn’t want to wear a mask there will be another one who will be terrified because they are sitting next to somebody without a mask.” Catherine Roche, chief executive of the charity Place2Be, says: “If it’s something that will continue for the long term we should understand what its impact is - but I think there are probably more pressing priorities.” These two minutes are significant. They show an apparent assumption that masks for children as well as adults are here to stay. They show we are dangerously close to discarding a long-standing principle of medical ethics: the precautionary principle. They show we’re still focused exclusively on mental health risks when the potential range of harms …
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