Recently, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) was asked by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) to examine the latest evidence on the minimum age for wearing face masks.
It would examine if the compulsory wearing of face masks in various settings, such as schools, should be extended to children under 13 years old.
As schools complete their first week of reopening, primary school children have not been required to wear face masks.
As many preparations have been made for the safe return of students in all forms of education, we must question if masks are the next safety precaution for primary school children.
The suggestion has been met with opposition, particularly from primary school teachers.
One primary school teacher told The Irish Times that the suggestion to mandate face coverings for primary school children was concerning while adding that HIQA should not mandate any action without adequate evidence that masks will not result in perceptible, emotional and educational damage to the children.
Is requiring primary school children to wear face masks an additional safety precaution or will it potentially cause more harm than good?