WHO issues safety COVID-19 guidelines for children

Children less affected by coronavirus: Experts

GENEVA: World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued safety COVID-19 guidelines for children.

According to guidelines, children less than 5 years of age do not need to wear masks, the children who are 6 to 11 years of age should wear the mask and the children who are above 12 years should follow complete guidelines like elders.

COVID-19 guidelines should be followed while playing and a distance of 1 meter should be maintained. A limited number of children should play together.

Children should be motivated to wash hands and handwashing facilities should be provided to them.

WHO recommended that children suffering from cancer and cystic fibrosis should wear medical masks to provide better protection against the virus.

It also said that it is not mandatory for children with developmental difficulties to wear masks and such cases should be assessed by the parents, caregivers and medical workers.

Studies suggest older children potentially play a more active role in the transmission of the new coronavirus than younger children. The WHO first advised people to wear masks in public to help reduce the spread of the disease.

The global epidemic of coronavirus has infected 28,940,223 people in the world and 924,569people have lost their lives.

The number of coronavirus infection cases across the world has surged to 28,940,223and the pandemic has so far claimed over 924,569 lives. So far, 20,807,121 have been cured in the world and at present, the number of active cases is 7,208,533.

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