The World Health Organization advises children aged 12 and over to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) posted his instructions for face masks for kids, as students, at least in some countries, return to their classes to start the new school year. So according to the WHO. Children aged 5 and under should not be required to wear masks, as most are unable to wear them without assistance.
For children aged 6 to 11, which has become a big buzz on the internet these days, the WHO states that they must wear masks under certain conditions, including local infection rates, whether an adult is available to assist them or not. And he considers it necessary to use a mask, if children 6 to 11 years old can be exposed to the elderly or to people with health conditions who are at greater risk for complications from the virus.
Children aged 12 and over should, according to the WHO, wear masks under the same conditions as adults, using standard social distance instructions.
The WHO collaborated with UNICEF, the International Pediatric Association and other health organizations and experts to come up with instructions. Their findings, however, suggest that there is limited evidence of how coronavirus is transmitted to children, and that some evidence suggests that younger children "may be less susceptible to infection than adults", but this may vary depending on the age. Older children may be more likely to spread the virus than younger ones, according to the WHO.
In addition, the WHO Advises that the benefits of children wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 "should be weighed against potential harm associated with mask use, including of expediency and suffering, as well as social and communication problems "(This for the conspiracy theorists who rose up after the statements of the Minister of Education Mr. Kerameos for the mandatory use of a mask)
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, between July 30 and August 13, there were more than 75.000 new cases of coronavirus in children, an increase of 24% in total. From last month, more than 340.000 children tested positive, about 9% of all cases in the US.
For Greece, it was announced that the use of a mask will be mandatory at all school levels, for the coming school year, and immediately appeared on Facebook websites urging their readers to the contrary. In fact, one of them, in its 3 days of operation, managed to have 12.000 followers, disabling the Cybercrime Prosecution to investigate its managers for criminal liability.