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The sports stars are right: our children need urgent help

Fionola Meredith


Science says it's safe - so why can't NI kids do outdoor sport?

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Wellbeing: children in England will be able to resume sport when they return to school

Wellbeing: children in England will be able to resume sport when they return to school

Wellbeing: children in England will be able to resume sport when they return to school

It is difficult to overstate the appalling harms that have been wreaked on our children during the last year. Their lives have been disrupted and damaged to a shocking extent. They have been kept away from school, denied the company of friends and family, forced to wear masks, and surrounded by relentless images of death, doom and despair.

The long-term trauma caused to them will, in many cases, have life-changing consequences. An early example of the damage is the sudden rise in children suffering from tics: a clear sign of serious inner distress. Sadly, there will be many more.

The dreadful irony is that kids themselves are at virtually no risk from Covid. They are more likely to be struck down by lightning than to be felled by the virus. Neither are schoolchildren major drivers of transmission, and school closures have had a limited impact on overall infections. Yet children's wellbeing has been sacrificed, without their consent, in the name of public health.


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