Report in Ireland says it can worsen existing health issues, stunt language skills and cause psychological harm
Making children wear masks in the classroom can stunt language skills and exacerbate anxiety, a health report commissioned by the Irish government has found.
The Health Information and Quality Authority’s report published in March informed Dublin’s decision not to mandate masks for children in elementary schools.
The HIQA paper noted that transmission of Covid was low in schools and that young children found it difficult to wear face coverings properly.
The scientists also gave evidence that masks had adverse psychological impacts, including causing anxiety and inhibiting the development of communication skills.