Dr Mike Yeadon issued a warning to parents in the UK, but this warning applies in fact to parents in any country including Portugal. Its clear that all governments are following the same dictates of a "secret" rule book. We leave his warning here, as we all have a duty and obligation to protect children and youth, irrespective of where we may live.

I know that by writing this opinion article I am going to lift a wave of controversy. I am OK with it, as this subject is something that I have been self-questioning for a while.

Humans are social beings. For most children and adolescents, school is the most important social arena in their lives as they grow up, but the rolling lockdowns and restrictions because of the alleged Covid pandemic has a terrible negative impact on their mental development and health.

Our children and young people have the right to pursue life, liberty, learning, leisure, love and laughter.

As mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers, aunts and uncles, friends of family... we all need to act to protect the kids.