WHO advises children aged 12 and over should wear masks
WHO advises children aged 12 and over should wear masks

“Children over the age of 12 should wear face masks, in line with the recommended practice for adults in their country,” said the World Health Organization (WHO). “In particular when they cannot guarantee at least a 1-metre distance from others and there is widespread transmission in the area,” noted the WHO.

Children aged 5 years and under should not be required to wear masks. As for the children aged 6-11, wearing masks should be based on the following factors: whether there is widespread transmission in the area where the child resides; the ability of the child to safely and appropriately use a mask; specific settings and interactions the child has with other people who are at high risk of developing a serious illness, such as the elderly and those with other underlying health conditions, stressed the WHO.

World Health Organization also pointed out adequate adult supervision and instructions to the child on how to put on, take off and safely wear masks.

 

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