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Face coverings ruled out for primary school children – HIQA

The wearing of face coverings has been ruled out for primary school children, according to a HIQA review.

However, they will be maintained in secondary school facilities.

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According to the review, the benefits of primary school children wearing face coverings as a protective measure against Covid-19 are likely to be small.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has since accepted the advice, and a review of the use of face coverings in under-13s is to be reviewed again six to eight weeks after schools reopen.

HIQA chief scientist Dr. Conor Teljeur said: “The use of layered mitigation measures in schools and childcare facilities, such as physical distancing, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, increased ventilation, and, most importantly, not attending when you have symptoms of Covid-19, reduces the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2.”

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“National and international evidence suggests that when these mitigation measures are fully implemented, schools become low risk environments.”

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