A mother who hasn’t sent her daughter to school for almost two years because she doesn’t want her to get Long Covid now faces a £2,500 fine or prison sentence from Wigan council.
Lisa Diaz, 40, who has a vulnerability due to a rare blood condition, began homeschooling her two children, Alex, 12 and Helena, nine after the UK went into lockdown last March and schools were shut.
She only just sent her son back to school in November once he was double-jabbed however, her daughter has now been absent from primary school for 20 months after Ms Diaz admitted her ‘greatest fear’ was her children getting Long Covid.
Ms Diaz, of Wigan, who is a member of the parent-led advocacy group Safe Education For All, now faces a £2,500 fine or prison – but she insists she will send her daughter to school once she is double-vaccinated.
Lisa Diaz, 40 hasn’t sent her daughter Helena, nine, to school for almost two years because she doesn’t want her to get Long Covid
The mother-of-two now faces a £2,500 fine or prison sentence from Wigan council (pictured)
Ms Diaz, of Wigan, who is a member of the parent-led advocacy group Safe Education For All, now faces a £2,500 fine or prison – but she insists she will send her daughter to school once she is double-vaccinated
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, she said: ‘My concern is that Covid harms children.
‘My greatest fear as a parent is that my children will end up with long covid. I am informed. Unfortunately, the government aren’t putting out this message that covid is harmful for children.’
Long Covid is a patient-led term to describe the ongoing, fluctuating symptoms of coronavirus, and according to the NHS, recovery time differs for each individual.
Experts are not quite sure why the condition develops, and how to effectively treat it.
At least 1.3 million people are now living with long Covid in the UK with rates rising fastest in teenagers and young people, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Fatigue was the most common symptom reported to the ONS as part of individuals’ experience of long Covid, and 233,000 of those who reported their symptoms said their day-to-day activities had been ‘limited a lot’.
Ms Diaz, who describes herself as a ‘woke leftie’ and ‘zero-Covid zealot’, is facing a fine or prosecution by Wigan council – but she insists she is happy for her daughter to attend school as long as it is safe.
She added: ‘There are no mitigations in primary schools whatsoever, apart from opening the window and a lot of hygiene theatre that’s it.
‘Let me just say straight off the bat I want daughter in school I also believe that school is the best place for children – the school has got to be safe. I don’t see any controversy in that.
She sent her son back to school in November once he was double-jabbed however, her daughter has now been absent from primary school for 20 months after Ms Diaz admitted her ‘greatest fear’ was her kids getting Long Covid
Ms Diaz, who describes herself as a ‘woke leftie’ and ‘zero-Covid zealot’, said that a ‘multi-layered approach’ needs to be considered for children’s safety in schools across the UK
‘I think parents should be given the choice to vaccinate their children the vaccine has been rolled out successfully across America, across Europe and we’re behind the curve. It is not a benign illness in children.’
However, the mother-of-two said that a ‘multi-layered approach’ needs to be considered for children’s safety in schools across the UK.
She added: ‘It’s really worrying about the efficacy of the virus. We need a multi-layered approach. it’s not one thing or the other. It’s not vaccines or ventilation or masks.
‘We need to be getting community transmissions down and we need mitigations in place in schools not just for the children’s own health but for their education disruption.’
Despite studies showing Omicron is a milder variant and Britons who catch it are between 15 and 20 per cent less likely to be admitted than those who get Delta, Ms Diaz claimed it had caused a ‘record number of hospitalisations’ .
She said: ‘We are seeing a record number of hospitalisations of children with Covid. The narrative that omicron is mild is just a fairytale.’
Dr Hilary added: ‘I understand any parents concern but I don’t recognise all those figures and statistics. NHS England hasn’t published many statistics lately – only 2% of hospitalisations are children under 17.’
In a statement, Colette Dutton, director of children’s services at Wigan Council, told MailOnline: ‘Wigan Council remains committed to working with all schools and families and has done throughout the pandemic to ensure that all children can return to school as safely as possible.
‘We are unable to comment on individual cases, however, the council has advised and supported our schools in line with current Government guidance.
‘For those children where there is clear advice from a medical practitioner that a child should not attend, alternatives are considered and put in place.
‘Our headteachers have worked tirelessly to carry out robust risk assessments and have taken all of the safety measures and precautions available to them to ensure a safe return for their pupils.’