Parents are protesting for their children: the controversy between those who want freedom and those who fear the virus does not subside

23.06.2020 – 15.00 – There has been some criticism on social networks, in response to the spontaneous demonstration held on the 20th June in Piazza dell’Unità, and addressed to the City of Trieste by parents (who, in support, were joined by doctors, teachers and professionals) who in part or totally, oppose, the regulations provided by the Government for the containment of the risk of infection brought by the Sars-CoV-2 virus: masks (there is still no study that has demonstrated their usefulness for the general population outside of laboratory tests on communities of mice), freedom of movement and limited activities in the already reopened summer centres, thermoscanners (imprecise and publicly declared as non-medical by the manufacturers themselves), forced distancing, sometimes with positions traced on the floor, and a ban on bringing toys, puppets, pencils and other objects from home.

Extremely strict provisions, considered unrealistic and penalizing by those who demonstrate against the scenario of sanitization rules that in some cases can get pretty grotesque: disinfectant sprayed on exposed clothes or alcohol-soaked cloths, to mention a few. The prohibitions have strongly affected especially children (since the very beginning of the emergency and quarantine), going to constitute a factor of strong psychological pressure, marginalizing them and depriving them of the possibility to go out and socialize.

And they risk affecting their memory forever, as many educators and psychologists have pointed out, potentially causing behavioural disorders. All part of what the lawyer Alessandra Devetag, supporter of the protest, called “hypertrophic expansion of collective health protection”. Although the emergency phase had long since been overcome, children’s discomfort was no priority for the Government.

This while Mayor Sala stigmatizes ‘remote working’ and the Immuni tracking app sees its failure take shape: on Facebook it is easy to say “I have it”, but in reality, the downloads have been only three million in three weeks, and we  don’t know how many of these downloads have materialized in effective use.

The first person put in quarantine thanks to the app (in Naples) made the news, but at the same time there are missing around 40 million downloads for the app to at least consider it useful. Children and schools can’t wait anymore for the vaccine (if we will ever have one and if it will guarantee total protection), in order to return to normality.