Man born without ears denied COVID-19 test as he can’t wear a standard mask

Man born without ears denied COVID-19 test as he can’t wear a standard mask
Fred Ayres (Image: The News screen grab)

[Ed. – Wake us when the world regains its sanity.]

After experiencing Covid-like symptoms last Wednesday, Stamshaw resident Fred Ayres booked a test at the Cosham walkthrough centre at 4pm that afternoon.

But when he arrived, staff at the centre told him he couldn’t enter– as he cannot wear a mask that loops around the wearer’s ears.

This is because the 58-year-old’s ears never fully developed, following his mother taking the drug Thalidomide. The sedative, used for morning sickness, caused thousands of babies to be born with disabilities.

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Fred has been improvising by wearing an elasticated bandanna slipped over his head, but management at the centre said it wasn’t an appropriate face-covering.

Fred said: ‘I went into the walk-in centre, put my mask on, went in there and they told me I had to wear (a mask fastened around the ears).

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