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Children Aged 12 and over should wear masks: WHO

Children Aged 12 and over should wear masks: WHO

The pandemic has became a part of our life now. At least 23 million cases of infection have been registered, according to Johns Hopkins University, with most of them recorded in the US, Brazil and India. More than 800,000 people have now died with coronavirus worldwide.

However the true number of people who have had the virus is believed to be far higher, due to insufficient testing and asymptomatic cases. Each of us responsible to prevent this spread of virus. We don't know about who is diseased or who carry the virus, even kids will be a big part of the transmission of the virus as asymptomatic.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has now issued guidance saying children over the age of 12 should wear masks, in line with recommended practice for adults in their country or area.

The new guidance came as part of the spreading concerns at the same tim it cites evidence that teenagers can infect others in the same way as adults.

Children aged five and under should not normally wear masks, the WHO said.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom has said he hopes the pandemic will be over in two years but a top scientific adviser in the UK warned Covid-19 might never be eradicated, with people needing regular vaccinations.

The advice published on the WHO website covers three age groups:

Children aged 12 and over should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults, in particular when they cannot guarantee a distance of at least one metre from others and there is widespread transmission in the area.

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For children aged between six and 11, the WHO advises taking into account how widespread the transmission of the virus is and whether the child is interacting with high-risk individuals such as the elderly. It also stresses the need for adult supervision to help children use, put on and take off masks safely.

Children aged five and under should not, under normal circumstances, wear masks.

For teachers, the WHO says: "In areas where there is widespread transmission, all adults under the age of 60 and who are in general good health should wear fabric masks when they cannot guarantee at least a one-metre distance from others.

"This is particularly important for adults working with children who may have close contact with children and one another."

Adults aged 60 or over, or those with underlying health conditions, should wear medical masks, it says.

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