Allowing young children to play with their friends must be prioritised as soon as possible when lockdown is eased.
This was the argument made by this really interesting post published recently on the ACAMH Blog.
The article discusses the fact that while the Covid-19 pandemic has posed a lower risk of physical health problems for children, it has transformed the social lives of children more rapidly than anyone could have imagined.
A recent rapid systematic review concluded that loneliness and social isolation adversely affect children’s short- and long-term mental health (Loades, M. E. et al).
You can read the full post on the blog by clicking here.