WHO Issues Mask-Wearing Guidelines for Children
As millions of children around the world are going back to school, the World Health Organization (WHO) says those aged 6 to 12 should wear masks to fight the spread of coronavirus. But children younger than 6 should not wear them.
The WHO announced its guidelines this week following widespread belief that younger children are less likely to get infected compared to adults.
The health organization says the decision to use masks for children between 6 to 12 should be based on the following conditions:
A child's environment. Is there widespread transmission in the area where the child lives? Does the child have contact with high-risk groups -- such as elderly adults or those with underlying health conditions?
A child's ability to safely and correctly use a mask. Are adults able to help put on, take off, and safely wear masks?
A child's access to masks. Are they able to wash them? Can they get new ones from home, the school, or childcare facility?
The effects of mask-wearing on a child's learning, disabilities, or underlying diseases. In these cases, the decision for a child to wear a mask should be made with teachers, parents, caregivers, and/or healthcare professionals.
For those 12 and older, the WHO says they should wear masks just like adults. This is especially important in cases where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed and in areas of high transmission.
The WHO advises children to not wear masks when playing sports or doing physical activities, such as running, jumping, or playing on the playground. Wearing a mask during physical activity may make breathing difficult.
However, when organizing these activities for children, it is important to follow other public health measures: maintain at least a 1-meter distance from others, limit the number of children playing together, and provide access to hand-washing areas and supplies.
The guidelines come after more than 23 million people have been infected with COVID-19 along with 810,000 deaths so far. Those are the numbers reported by Johns Hopkins University. But experts say the real numbers are even higher.
Access to education
The WHO and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) also note that no child should be denied access to an education if a mask is unavailable.
Over the weekend, British medical officials have said, "Very few, if any, children or teenagers will come to long-term harm from COVID-19 due solely to attending school.''
Compare this, they add, to the long-term harm many children and young people may experience from not attending school.
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5.The guidelines come after more than 23 million people have been infected with COVID-19 along with 810,000 deaths so far.
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6.The guidelines come after more than 23 million people have been infected with COVID-19 along with 810,000 deaths so far.
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随着世界各地数百万儿童重返校园，世界卫生组织表示，6至12岁的儿童应该佩戴口罩以防止新冠病毒的传播 。但是不满6岁的儿童不应该戴口罩 。
儿童安全和正确佩戴口罩的能力 。成年人能否帮助儿童佩戴、摘下并且安全地使用口罩 。
戴口罩对儿童学习、残疾或潜在疾病的影响 。在这些情况下，应由老师、父母、监护者，和/或医疗保健人员决定是否要佩戴口罩 。
世卫组织表示，12岁以上的儿童应该像成年人一样戴口罩 。在无法保证物理距离以及在高风险的传播地区，这一点尤为重要 。
世卫组织建议儿童在进行体育运动或锻炼时（例如跑步、跳跃或在操场上玩耍）不要戴口罩 。在体育活动过程中戴口罩可能会造成呼吸困难 。
这份指南出台前，已有2300多万人感染新冠病毒，81万人死亡 。这是约翰·霍普金斯大学报告的数据 。但是专家表示，实际的数字甚至更高 。