SAGE advisor compares Covid-19 with child abuse in bizarre statement

Professor Stephen Reicher, a member of the SAGE subcommittee, took to Twitter to make the remarks

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A SAGE adviser has compared Covid-19 to child abuse in a peculiar statement on Twitter.

Professor Stephen Reicher, a member of the SAGE subcommittee advising on behavioural science, took to social media to liken the supposed lack of concern around the virus to parents beating their children.

Professor Reicher said: “Years ago, we used to hear 'my parents beat me and it didn’t do me any harm'.

“We don’t hear that anymore.

Stephen Reicher
Stephen Reicher
Professor Reicher posted the comments on Twitter
Professor Reicher posted the comments on Twitter

“Nowadays many say ‘I’ve had Covid and it didn’t do me any harm’.

“As the evidence mounts, they might not be saying that in the future.”

His comments come after a study, carried out by University of Cambridge and Imperial College London suggested that catching the virus could age your brain by 20 years.

It also found that Covid could knock 10 points off your IQ.

While those who were admitted a hospital with Covid, could suffer brain damage that lasts for more than six months.

Those patients may find it hard to get their words out, have a shorter attention span or taking longer to process information.

The study looked at 46 brits who were hospitalised by the virus between March and July 2020.

It found that they scored worse on brain tests when compared to the average scores of 66,008 members of the general public.

Professor David Menon, an anaesthetist and brain expert said: “We followed some patients up as late as ten months after their acute infection, so we were able to see a very slow improvement.

“This is at least heading in the right direction, but it is very possible that some of these individuals will never fully recover.”