Face masks should be brought back in secondary schools immediately, a member of Independent SAGE claimed today.
Guidance saying children should wear coverings in classrooms was dropped in mid-May as part of ending lockdown restrictions.
But with the number of children testing positive for Covid having soared to its highest level since the pandemic began, some academics now want them to return to schools.
Professor Christina Pagel, a mathematician at University College London, said they should be brought back to schools ‘now’.
Addressing a Royal Society for Medicine briefing, she also called for other mitigation measures to come back into use such as keeping doors and windows open.
Current restrictions require school children to test themselves for the virus twice a week using a lateral flow device.
Face masks are already in use at schools in parts of the South West, Cumbria and Northamptonshire.
But this is not Government policy nationwide, although officials have said schools are free to reimpose some Covid restrictions including face masks in the event of an uptick.
Read more: Face masks MUST be brought back in secondary schools to curb surging infections, says another non-medical clueless ‘professor’ taking no account of the physical and mental health consequences and the fact that masks have been shown to be useless again and again. She’s on-script, though, so she’ll go far and keep being quoted by the Cult-owned media