Email by chair of Tory committee breaks news
An email sent to Tory MPs by the chair of the Conservative ‘1922 Committee’ announcing the cancellation of a reception also confirms that the House of Commons has cancelled all events because of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Yet Boris Johnson continues to insist schools will not be closed and that there is no scientific evidence to support the need for doing so.
Q: How about proactive school closures, before there are any infections associated with a school? Are they helpful?
A: Proactive school closures—closing schools before there’s a case there—have been shown to be one of the most powerful nonpharmaceutical interventions that we can deploy. Proactive school closures work like reactive school closures not just because they get the children, the little vectors, removed from circulation.
It’s not just about keeping the kids safe. It’s keeping the whole community safe. When you close the schools, you reduce the mixing of the adults—parents dropping off at the school, the teachers being present. When you close the schools, you effectively require the parents to stay home.
The Tories have made perfectly clear whose lives matter to them – and the decision to cancel MPs’ events show the real risks that they are ignoring in forcing our children to continue going into the firing line of this virus.
And that puts all of us in danger while the government protects itself.
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