WHO says that children over the age of 12 should wear masks like adults


FILE Photo: On 12 June 2020 in Moscow, Russia, a boy wearing a protective face mask closed the fountain after he was relaxed by lockdown restrictions imposed by local authorities to prevent the spread of coronovirus disease (COVID-19).

Zurich (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said that children over the age of 12 should wear masks to help combat the COVID-19 epidemic under the same conditions as adults, while children aged six to 11 Should be risk-based. the vision.

Children over the age of 12 must wear a mask, in particular, when a meter distance from others cannot be guaranteed and in a document by WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in a document on the WHO website Have said 21 August.

Both organizations stated that children aged six and 11 should wear masks, which depended on a number of factors, including the intensity of transmission in the area, the child’s ability to use masks, accessibility to masks, and adequate adult supervision.

Potential effects on learning and psycho-social development, and interactions with people at high risk of developing a child’s severe illness, should also play a role.

The WHO and UNFF said that children five years and younger should not be required to wear masks based on the safety and overall interest of the child.

The study suggests that older children potentially play a more active role in the transmission of new coronoviruses than younger children, WHO and UNICEF said, to better understand the role of children and adolescents in the transmission of the virus. There was a need to add data, which causes COVID. -19.

The WHO first advised people to wear masks publicly on 5 June to help reduce the spread of the disease, but had not previously issued special guidance for children.

According to a Reuters tally, more than 23 million people have been reported to be infected with coronavirus globally since it was first identified in China last year and 798,997 people died.

Reporting by Silke Koltrowitz, additional reporting by Stephanie Nebehe, editing by Mark Potter

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