The youngest children have been most affected by lockdowns and closures during the Covid pandemic, new UK research finds.
Via The Guardian:
The research – published by the Education Endowment Foundation – found parents and teachers concerned that children in England were struggling with their emotional wellbeing as well as their ability to learn language and numeracy skills, after starting in reception classes after the earlier spring lockdown.
Teachers who spoke to the researchers said the disruption had left some infants with “low self-esteem and confidence”, and that more children than previously “feel overwhelmed” by learning.
Others highlighted increased behaviour problems seen when children returned to school, with some “biting, hitting, unable to share”, leading to teachers having to focus more on helping children settle back into school.
Ruth Coleman, headteacher at Highfield school in Ipswich, said: “When children returned to our nursery after the pandemic, many struggled with vital aspects of early years development, such as personal touch, or coping in bigger groups of children.
The head of the World Health Organization has said China’s zero-tolerance Covid-19 policy is not sustainable given what is known of the disease, in rare public comments by the UN agency on a government’s handling of the virus.
“We don’t think that it is sustainable considering the behaviour of the virus,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a media briefing.
I have literally lost nearly all respect for 95% of the people that I know personally during the past 2 years. Almost to the point where they appear as nothing more than clowns to me, solely based on their response to this situation. People I had held in high esteem.
…The stark modelling is understood to have single-handedly led to the decision to move away from herd immunity to a national lockdown on March 23.
But minutes from a SPI-M (Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling) meeting have shown that, a week earlier, the modellers remained ‘uncertain‘ of case numbers ‘due to data limitations’.
The team is also understood to have believed that the modelling only showed ‘proof of concept‘ that lockdowns could help deal with Covid, before warning that ‘further work would be required‘.
Following the release of its model, Imperial College held a press conference, followed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordering the public to avoid pubs, restaurants and non-essential social gatherings later the same day.
A 2021 YouGov poll found that a third of us jettisoned our bras during those long months of lockdown.
Meanwhile, researchers in breast health at the University of Portsmouth and St Mary’s University, have reported a 70 per cent slump in bra wearing, with 25 per cent of women saying they have no intention of going back.
Austria had hoped to become the first country in Europe to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory by law on February 1.
That’ll learn him.
Austria’s former chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Thursday he is retiring from politics. Kurz told reporters in Vienna that the recent birth of his first child had motivated him to take the step. The 35-year-old stepped down as Austria’s leader two months ago amid ongoing corruption allegations.
A compilation of protests across the world over the weekend against covid response measures .
…via The Irish Times:
Crucial to understanding the political alienation manifest in the riots is that close correlation between declining trust, or persisting mistrust, in government and institutions and low vaccination rates. Mainstream parties throughout Europe have yet to understand how to tackle that.
The undermining of trust is also an important function of the reliance on social media, with 72 per cent of Americans and 83 per cent of Europeans using the internet as a source for health information.
Users fall prey to an echo chamber effect where tailored recommendations based on their personal “watch history” feed individuals’ concerns and rarely provide alternative or expert views. One of the challenges of the age is how to provide compelling online narratives to cut through the forest of quack medicine.
Just for the record, we won’t EVER be checking anyone’s claimed vaccine status, and if @niexecutive ever try to force us to, we’ll make alternative arrangements to trade outdoors at markets and car boot sales.
The Cabinet will today consider a proposal that would strongly advise people to work from home.
The move is being described as far-reaching and people will be advised to attend a workplace only when it is necessary.
A recommendation that Digital Covid Certificates would soon be required in gyms, hairdressers and barbers will also be considered.
The revised modelling says there is the potential for a large wave of infection, still peaking in late November, or early December, but higher than previous models due to waning immunity from vaccination.
While the peak could be at the end of December, large case numbers would last well into February.
THIS IS MASSIVE. I can’t name the security company but they do security for bars & Nightclubs. They were informed last night that their shifts are being cut by 75% in December. You can read into this what you want. But I’m guessing all my vaxed mates won’t get a pint soon🤔🤣🤣🤣
🚨| NEW: Claire Byrne Live has shown two different results for a question on imposing Covid restrictions to control the spread of the virus. The result posted on Twitter showed just 18% of people believe we need to reimpose restrictions — but the poll on TV showed 64% said yes. pic.twitter.com/Ve6Ww6wkwn