- The AAP & the CDC recommend that children over 2 years old wear a mask in school & indoors in public spaces. This includes school, except when they are eating.
- The most effective mask is one your child will actually wear. You want one that fits them properly. There are 3 types: cloth, surgical, & KN95 masks.
- In terms of blocking incoming viruses, all masks reduce inhalation of virus-laden particles. The the N95 masks block the most.
- All masks provide “source control.” This means that they limit the amount of virus that is produced by an infected person.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- For children, either a double-layered cloth mask or a surgical mask offers the best balance between “wearability” & protection. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- There are no safety or efficacy data for children wearing the KN95s & KF94s. Some are made that appear to fit children but these are not tested or regulated by any US healthcare or governmental agency.
- The best masks should fit snugly against the sides of your child’s face & leave no gaps.
- The mask should have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric.
- The mask should completely cover their nose & mouth.
- It is best if the mask has a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Good luck coaxing your child to wear a mask all day. Some kids respond to the notion of being a “Superhero” (since they all wear masks).
Other children seem to understand that it “protects” them & other children from getting infected.
Kids get dirty. Wash the cloth mask when necessary, or dispose of the surgical one, when it is soiled.
There are many scientific studies to support the use of face masks.