Respiratory Protection
At What Age Should Children Begin Masking?
Nov. 05, 2021

Anyone 2 years of age or older who has not been fully vaccinated should wear a mask in indoor public places. This recommendation also applies to fully vaccinated people in high-volume or high-spread areas. CDC currently also recommends that all teachers, faculty, staff, students, and K-12 school visitors, regardless of vaccination status or transmission rate, wear masks indoors. The benefits of wearing a mask are well known.


Based on safety, overall public health considerations, and children’s ability to use masks appropriately with minimal assistance, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) both recommend that children five and under should not be required to wear masks. If necessary, children between the ages of 6 and 11 can wear a mask, but only if there is sufficient adult supervision and instructions on how to put on, take off, and wear a mask safely. Children 12 years and older should wear masks under the same conditions as adults, as required by local authorities, especially if it is difficult to observe social distancing.


However, different countries have different requirements for children. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that children under two years of age should not wear masks. All other people who have not been fully vaccinated should wear masks indoors, and if close contact cannot be avoided, they should also wear masks outdoors. In the UK, Public Health England (PHE) does not recommend wearing face masks or masks for children under three years of age, as they may cause suffocation and suffocation.


In other words, it is best to consult the local government for recommended practices and comply with their requirements. If children under the age of five are required to wear masks, WHO recommends that parents or guardians should be within sight to supervise their safe use.



P.S: All the information contained in this article is for general reference purposes. Kingfa Medical does not guarantee the accuracy, relevance, and timeliness of any information, and the company does not assume any responsibility for errors or omissions in this article.





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