Covid-19 and children: what does the science tell us, and what does this mean as the lockdown is eased?

Covid-19 and children: what does the science tell us, and what does this mean as the lockdown is eased?

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UK author, scholar, advocate, and consultant on childhood, Tim Gill summarizes his thoughts and observations on how COVID-19 affects children, and the role of children in the spread of the disease in a post published today (May 14th, 2020) on his website Rethinking Childhood.

Based on the best available evidence, he makes the following observations:

  • Children are much less likely to become seriously ill from Covid-19 than adults, and appear less likely to become infected.
  • Unlike with influenza, it appears that children are not more likely than adults to spread the disease, and may be significantly less likely.
  • There are good grounds for thinking that outdoor environments present a low risk of infection compared to indoor ones, especially where the time spent in close proximity to other people is short.
  • Pandemic control measures are likely to lead to significant collateral damage to children, with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children worst affected.
  • Government, local authorities and other public agencies should take a balanced approach to supporting children through the pandemic.

In summary, Tim urges the UK government to re-examine their position and guidance on childcare, on children’s play, and on children’s mobility, and make more room for children to learn, move and play outdoors.

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