Parents Concerned About Continued Mask-Wearing

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The Department of Health recently announced that mask-wearing will continue in classrooms. This announcement followed by an uproar amongst some parents. 

 


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According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), masks were introduced as part of a comprehensive strategy of measures to contain Covid-19 and save lives.

Health minister Joe Phaahla gazetted new regulations under the National Health Act which highlights that facial mask-wearing is mandatory when a person is indoors, including on public transport.

The Health Department has given a directive that this ought to be practiced also in classrooms.

In an interview, SA Paediatric Association president, Prof. Mignon McCulloch, further explained:

Adolescents or young adults are going to behave more like adults. So, it's probably not unreasonable to expect them to wear a mask.

McCulloch is adamant that for unvaccinated children with health problems, wearing a mask may in fact benefit them going into a fifth wave with poor ventilation and overcrowded conditions.

However, parents have raised their concerns about the long-term developmental issues that mask-wearing could potentially have on school-going children.

WHO and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) have had several debates about the continuation of mask-wearing.

It is believed that the uproar is caused by the fact that the virus has been around longer than most people had anticipated it to be.

Experts have stressed that dropping masks with winter around the corner, is not a wise thing to do.

 


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