Do masks help the spread of infection including COVID-19?
If the mask is worn correctly, it creates a very good barrier against spray of spit or droplets. These respiratory droplets are a the reason for the spread of germs and viruses such as COVID-19.
Masks can protect from people that come into close contact with you and are not showing any symptoms. The droplets can travel 1.5m when people sneeze or cough or even raise their voice.
My child doesn't want to wear a mask
Many young children feel uneasy about face masks and people with face masks. When kids can’t see a person’s whole face, a friendly smile, they can feel scared.
To help them wear masks you should: Teach them how to wear a mask:
- Cover the nose and mouth
- Fit snugly on face and bridge of nose
- make sure the ear loops or ties are secured behind the ears
- Make sure comfortable and easy to breath
Make it fun. You could find some colourful masks at your local pharmacy like the Medescan kids face masks with a unique print. A personal touch can help make masks a more normal part of their routine.
Should children wear a mask when playing or during sports activity?
According to the World Health Organisation:
Children should not wear a mask when playing sports or doing physical activity such as running, jumping or playing in the playground so as to not affect their breathing.
We encourage outdoor activity taking into account all critical health measures such as maintaining social distancing, limiting the number of children playing together and providing access to hand hygiene facilities and encouraging their use.
Are masks harmful to my child?
There are a few myths floating around regarding the use of face masks on children.
- Wearing a mask should not make it harder for your child to breath. Masks are made from breathable material that lets air and oxygen pass through while blocking the harmful spray and droplets with germs.
- Wearing a mask should not interfere with the child development. Oxygen continues to flow through and around the mask which is blocking the harmful spray and keeping your child safe.
Remember. Masks should not be used on children under 2 years of age. All children wearing masks must be under direct adult supervision.
Masks are a great asset that help reduce the spread of germs and dangerous viruses such as COVID-19.
You should always consult your health practitioner if you have any concerns or questions regarding your child wearing a face mask.