Beginning at age 12 children should wear face masks every time adults wear them, for example in crowds, as a tool to combat Covid-19, the UN Health and Children's rights agencies said in instructions prepared by authorities, writes HINA.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) have generally not recommended that children between the ages of 6 and 11 wear masks, but they should be taken into account in areas with intensive virus transmission rates and in special occasions such as schools.
However, there are situations where masks can “significantly interfere with the learning process and have a negative impact on important school activities,” said international experts who sketched out the instructions.
Smaller children should not be forced to wear masks, especially because they cannot put them on and take them off properly in the right way, according to instructions posted Friday night.
The expert group said that children up to the age of five should be under constant supervision if they wore masks.
“Children should also be listened to regarding their perception and any problems regarding wearing a mask,” they said.
The transparent visor offers less protection than the fabric that covers the mouth and nose, according to the instructions.
According to information gathered around the world, only about 1 to 7 percent of all Covid-19 cases are children and young people under 18 years of age.