WHO says children under five do not have to wear masks

WHO says children under five do not have to wear masks

It is official - the World Health Organization, together with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), stated that children aged five years and under are not required to wear masks. According to them, this is because they simply do not know how to safely use personal protective equipment (PPE).

The WHO experts said that the decision to wear masks for children between six and 11 years old should be made based on the epidemiological situation and that everything depends on how quickly the novel coronavirus spreads in a particular region. It is also necessary to consider the child’s ability to wear a mask properly.

When it comes to children falling under the age group of 12 and over, they should wear masks under the same conditions as adults. This is particularly relevant for those living in the area with a high COVID-19 incidence rate. The WHO pointed out that organizations such as schools or child-care facilities should provide the opportunity for changing or washing masks.

To date, reported cases of COVID-19 infection worldwide exceeded 23.4 million. The global coronavirus death toll stands at more than 808,000.


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