A baby girl toddles down the pavement, stopping only to squeeze a drop of sanitiser on to her hands and rub them carefully together. Except she’s not stopping at hand-gel pumps. She’s pushing hopefully at garden walls, street lights, ventilation grilles on the side of buildings – anything that catches the eye of a resourceful toddler, raised in a time when washing away the virus is as natural a part of life as nap time. A video of her doing it racked up millions of views on social media this week because it’s both hilarious and sweet; she’s clearly delighted with herself for being able to copy what the grownups do. But it’s oddly poignant too. A year into this pandemic, there are babies now learning to walk and talk who have never known anything but life under the shadow of Covid, and preschoolers who can barely remember a world before it. Doctors’ children have had to learn not to touch Mummy when she gets in from work, until she’s had a shower to wash off any last possible trace of danger. Thanks to popular toddler demand, you can now buy masks for dolls. It’s perfectly normal for kids to… Read full this story
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