A mother has explained why she kept her daughter away from school for 20 months during the Covid pandemic.
Wigan’s Lisa Diaz says she feared Covid and Long Covid could put children at serious risk, so she hasn’t sent her daughter to elementary school for almost two years.
Lisa, mother of two, faces charges by the Wigan Council for failing to send her children to school.
Lisa, a member of Safe Education For All, spoke on Good Morning Britain this morning.
She said: “Our concern is that Covid harms children. We’re seeing a record number of hospital admissions for children with Covid.
“The independent SAGE said there have been more child hospital admissions in the past three weeks than there has been in the entire first wave of the pandemic, so the narrative that Omicron is mild is just a fairy tale.
“According to the UK Health and Safety Authority, we’ve let 128 children die of Covid and, frankly, my biggest fear as a parent is that my children will end up with Long Covid.”
The government has said that children should go to school whenever possible and has announced that it will endeavor to keep schools open.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, scientists have said that symptoms of Covid are much milder in children than in adults.
And it appears that Omicron’s symptoms are much milder than previous variants. Models suggested Omicron could kill 75,000 people in the UK, but only 14 deaths have been recorded so far.
Lisa is susceptible to a rare blood disorder.
Lisa told the World Socielist website, “Wigan Council is maliciously threatening me with prosecution at the instigation of Woodfield Primary School. The letter stated that my daughter’s “poor attendance list” was “cause for concern”. But the spread of COVID in schools doesn’t seem to be a concern. “