Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Thursday, Dr Hilary discussed schools re-opening with host Lorraine Kelly and said that he believes the fear surrounding the idea of children going back needs to be reduced.
He explained to viewers watching at home that their children will be at low risk should they return to school and he believes schools need to reopen as they are hugely important to a child’s ’emotional and social development’.
Addressing concerns that kids could be at risk of contracting coronavirus, Dr Hilary said: ‘Is the risk greater? The risk of your child dying is less than half, less than double, of being hit by lightening.’
‘It’s not a childhood disease,’ he continued.
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‘The risks to teachers is very low because generally their age group is lower than 50-60 and the mitigation that [schools are] doing including staggering pick up times, smaller classes, that can help massively.’
Dr Hilary warned that if schools do not open and children do not attend, it could see us fail disadvantaged children who need education for the support that it provides.
‘Teachers want it to happen, parents want it to happen, we need to get rid of the fear,’ he insisted. ‘Let’s get the schools open.’
There are currently 299,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, with the death toll now reaching over 42,000.
Schools had been closed as a precautionary measure at the beginning of lockdown back in March.
As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, some primary schools have reopened to specific year groups ,with secondary schools expected to follow suit later this month.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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