Advice on the Use of Masks for Children in the Community in the Context of COVID-19

This document provides guidance to decision makers, public and child health professionals to inform policy on the use of masks for children in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It does not address the use of masks for adults working with children or parents/guardians or the use of masks for children in health-care settings. This interim guidance will be revised and updated as new evidence emerges.

This guidance provides specific considerations for the use of non-medical masks, also known as fabric masks, by children as a means for source control in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The document is an annex to the WHO’s Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-191 in which further details on fabric masks can be found. This annex also advises the use of medical masks for children under certain conditions. For the purposes of this guidance, children are defined as anyone below the age of 18 years.

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    Tweets about Wearing Masks

    Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria posted these images in Twitter about wearing masks to slow the spread of COVID-19 on July 15, 2020. The tweets encourage people to not share face masks and to use a face mask and/or a mask in combination with a shield as opposed to simply wearing a face shield. Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria also used the hashtag #COVID19StopsWithMe.

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      COVID-19 PSA Zambia: The Innovative Marketeer

      This is a COVID-19 mini-series aimed at informing and engaging Zambian audiences about symptoms, preventive actions and the importance of verified information during the pandemic. Follow Bana Gift, as she adjusts to the new normal of running her market stall in the time of COVID-19.

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        The Coronavirus Super Villain is Coming to Get You!

        This cartoon from India shows the novel coronavirus as a villain trying to get into people’s bodies. However, those that are wearing masks, practice social distancing and proper hand hygiene are protected from the villain.

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          COVID-19: Insights on Face Mask Use Global Review

          This report looks at behaviors and perceptions around the use of face masks. It uses the latest available survey responses for each country between May 14th and June 4th, 2020. All responses have been aggregated to offer a global view of key insights related to COVID-19 and face mask use.

          Source: COVID-19: Insights on Face Mask Use Global Review

            Making of No-Cost Face Masks at Home to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus

            A 3-minute video has been uploaded on YouTube entitled “Making of No-Cost Face Masks at Home to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus”. It has been uploaded separately in 12 other major Indian languages thus enabling the free face mask message to be understood throughout rural and urban India, and have been designed specifically for poor and lower middle class households, including its illiterate members.

            These short videos demonstrate how these vulnerable families can easily make no-cost face masks/coverings at home, use them hygienically and observe related precautions. They can be used by all those working in government agencies, and NGOs in health, community and adult education/school programmes and any awareness-raising activities related to Covid-19.

            The list of the video in 12 major Indian languages is below.

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            Government-Mandated Obligation to Wear Masks

            Une vidéo expliquant comment le gouvernement a rendu obligatoire le port de masques pour empêcher la propagation de COVID-19. Des instructions sur la façon d’utiliser et de nettoyer les masques sont incluses.

            A video explaining how the government made it mandatory to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Instructions on how to use and clean the masks are included.

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              Wearing Masks to Prevent COVID-19

              These three videos cover different aspects of wearing masks to prevent COVID-19.

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                Montanans Wear Face Coverings

                These posters were developed to reach people living in Montana (US) with the message that the population of that state is already used to wearing masks for their various sports activities, so wearing a mask for COVID-19 should be easy for them.

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                  I Wear My Mask in Public

                  This poster is designed to reach young adults with a message about the importance of wearing masks to prevent COVID-19.

                  The poster lists reasons why masks are important.

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