Coronavirus: Do Kids Need to Wear Face Masks?

June 30, 2020

As health officials recommend wearing face masks in public, some parents may be asking if their child should wear a mask when they go outside.

If you are not putting a mask on your child, experts say you should.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that children two years and older should wear "cloth face coverings" when they are "in the community setting" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CDC released guidelines where it states that face coverings should be made from "simple cloth." When making masks, parents should be using "household items or made at home from common materials."

Dr. Deborah Gilboa, a family physician, told Today that children should wear masks because they are more likely to spread the deadly virus.

"We really want to slow and stop the spread of this, and we're seeing in data from other countries that kids are actively involved, entirely accidentally, in spreading this," Gilboa said.

However, a pediatric hospitalist at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio is urging parents to not allow their babies and children under 2 to wear masks.

Dr. Jamie Macklin emphasized that babies and toddlers have smaller airways. She said that when they try to breathe through a mask, it may be harder for them.

Dr. Gilboa agreed that babies and toddlers should not wear masks and that it "could be a choking hazard."

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