A new report by Ofsted on the impact of lockdown on children shows the social and physical development of babies has been greatly stunted by the response to Covid. Michael Curzon in the Express has more.
Based on its analysis, Ofsted reported “delays in babies’ and children’s speech and language development” and the fact “some babies have struggled to respond to basic facial expressions”.
Other than those with whom they lived, babies and children spent much of the past two years either completed isolated from humans or, when in public, unable to look properly at and learn from the faces of those around them.
Ofsted said: “Children turning two years old will have been surrounded by adults wearing masks for their whole lives and have therefore been unable to see lip movements or mouth shapes as regularly.”
For many babies, even the first sight of their mother was shielded by a face mask, with some hospitals telling mothers they had to wear a mask during labour, despite official rules, and despite questions over the effectiveness of face masks.
One mother, Rosie Brown, who suffers from emetophobia, a phobia of vomit, told the BBC last May a mask “was just put on my face” – an action she did not question because “we have become so conditioned to wearing them” following numerous, graphic Government-led campaigns.
She said this made her “panic”, that “in among the claustrophobia and the pain, I was panicking that I was going to vomit inside my mask”.
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