For almost two years, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued difficult—and sometimes contradictory—steerage on when it’s best to put on a masks, relying on whether or not you are inside, exterior, vaccinated, or not vaccinated. In all of the confusion, it is simple to overlook one large demographic that continues to be unvaccinated: Children under age 12 nonetheless cannot get the shots at all. In many elements of the nation, they’ve additionally returned to highschool in giant numbers ((*13*), because the case could also be).
I’ve two younger youngsters myself, and watching them regulate to a mask-wearing local weather has been an odd, proud factor. My son entered the pandemic as a mask-resistant 2-year-old. At 4, he now calmly asks for his masks and places it on earlier than heading out to the playground. Unvaccinated youngsters over 2 years previous ought to put on face masks in public areas. If your children have gone again to highschool, or should you’re planning bigger vacation gatherings, it’s best to in all probability refresh your masks stash.
I’ve spent nearly two years testing masks on my children. As I famous in my Best Face Masks for Adults information, the perfect masks is the one that matches nicely and that your child will like. I additionally hold an eye fixed out for masks which have been independently examined and licensed by the brand new ASTM face masks manufacturing requirements. If you are searching for concepts to entertain your small (or not-so-small) children, try our guides to entertaining preschoolers during quarantine and how to set up a virtual workspace for your kids.
Updated October 2021: We added present data and new face masks from AirPop and Flo Mask.
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