Wearing masks to prevent coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is not recommended for children below five years of age, even though the practice is deemed essential for adults, according to guidelines issued by the Directorate general of health services (DGHS) under the Union ministry of health and family welfare. Children aged between six to 11 years may wear a mask, but only the supervision of parents and the consulting doctor, news agency ANI cited the guidelines as stating. The recent recommendations deal with coronavirus disease management in children below 18 years of age.
“As per the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) guidelines, a mask is not recommended for children of 5 years of age or below; children aged 6-11 years may wear a mask under supervision of parents and doctor,” read an update from ANI on Thursday morning.
The new guidelines issued by the DGHS also recommend against using the antiviral drug Remdesivir in children below 18 years of age, as well as a “rational use” of HRCT imaging among children in this age group.
Source – Hindustan Times