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SHORT COMMUNICATION
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 190-192

Recommendations for the use of face masks among children to contain coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic


Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Deemed to be University, Chengalpattu District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Deemed to be University, Tiruporur, Guduvancheri Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpattu District - 603 108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/ijrc.ijrc_25_22

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The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to account for the disruption of health care and other welfare services. As the predominant mode of transmission of infection is through close contact or airborne mode, it is important to acknowledge that we should encourage the use of face masks in the community and workplace settings. Even though significant results have been attributed to face masks, we must realize that to optimize the impact, and we must ensure their appropriate usage, storage, cleaning, and disposal. To conclude, a face mask is an effective tool to reduce the incidence of infection among children and adherence to standard public health and infection control measures. However, the decision to wear face masks among children to stop the transmission of COVID-19 infection should be determined based on assessing the potential benefits, harms, and local epidemiological factors.


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