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Children Aged 12 and Above Should Wear Masks, Says WHO

This is the first time the WHO has issued specific health guidance for children in view of the pandemic.




Children Aged 12 and Above Should Wear Masks, Says WHO

Even after almost eight months since the coronavirus outbreak, the global countries continue to witness new heights in COVID-19 infections every day.

As of today, around 23,586,023 people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19. While more than 16,084,558 patients have recovered, 812,527 have lost their lives so far. Currently, there are 6,688,938 active cases, including 6,627,433 mild cases and 61,505 critical cases.

The US, the worst-hit country, has reported 5,874,146 coronavirus cases and 180,604 deaths. It is followed by Brazil (3,605,783 cases) and India (3,106,348 cases).


Meanwhile, Nepal has reported 818 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the nation’s caseload to 31,935. Currently, there are 13,155 active cases and 18,631 recovery cases. The country’s death toll stands at 149.

Children over the age of 12 should wear masks: WHO

WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued specific guidance for children amid the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance is as follows:

  • Children aged 12 and above should wear masks, particularly when they cannot guarantee at least one meter distance from others, and when there is widespread transmission in their location.
  • Children aged between 6 and 11 should be under adult supervision to safely use, put on, and take off masks.
  • Children aged five and below should not, under normal circumstances, wear masks.

Meanwhile, the WHO admitted that there is little information about how children transmit the virus while citing evidence that teenagers can infect others in the same way as adults.

“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,” said WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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