The accusations are spreading everywhere at a time when many reopened American schools are experiencing viral epidemics, especially in the case of those that do not have mask requirements. For instance, masks are compulsory in Pennsylvania’s K-12 classrooms. In a few areas, the recently enacted rule has triggered controversy, with certain parents saying that masks are harmful to their kids. One of the many false claims is that masks may harbor germs if they get wet or they produce dangerous quantities of carbon dioxide. Specialists, on the other hand, believe that cleaning masks on a regular basis keep them safe and clean.
“We don’t know for sure that masks have no developmental effects but we do know that there are adverse effects from not trying to stop transmission,” declared Dr. Emily Levy. She is an infection control specialist at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center.
Mask mandates in schools have been shown to minimize virus spread to other kids and parents or teachers. Masks, when paired with social distance and other preventative methods, have been shown to significantly lower COVID-19 infection levels in school districts across the country, including North Carolina, according to Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, who is the director of the public health department in the county.
When it comes to masks for children, the CDC has a few recommendations. To guarantee a correct fit, look for a mask specifically designed for kids. Ensure the mask sits comfortably over the mouth and nose, including beneath the chin, with no openings on the edges. Children under the age of two should not wear masks. Disposable masks must be thrown away after one use. Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after using any type of face mask. Washing reusable masks is vital to maintaining the effectiveness of the mask.