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One of the more disturbing aspects of lockdown and mandatory face coverings during the coronavirus crisis is their effect on children, particularly infants:

This is a highly abnormal development.

Other people have reported the same thing:

Mandated face coverings have altered family activities, such as trips on public transport:

Agree on the bus rides, all fond memories from my childhood. They were great.

Shopping is different, too:

I agree, because not being able to see a mother’s face can have an impact on a child’s development:

Dr Edward Tronick, a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, is director of the Child Development Unit, a research associate in Newborn Medicine, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, conducted the Still Face Experiment in 2009.

This is a short video of the experiment. Watch how the baby’s expressions and reactions change as the mother does not interact with her:

I truly hope this mask thing is a very temporary measure.

This is one time I can honestly say, ‘Think of the children!’

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