World Health Organization advises kids 12 and older should wear masks to prevent coronavirus spread

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The World Health Organization has released its guidance on face masks for children, as students— in some parts of the country at least— return to their classrooms to start the new school year. Children age 5 and younger shouldn’t be required to wear masks, the WHO says, since most are not able to put them on without help.
Children age 6 through 11, however, should wear masks under certain conditions, including local infection rates, whether there’s an adult available to help them, and if they’ll be exposed to elderly people or people with health conditions who are at higher risk of complications from the virus.
Kids 12 and older should wear masks under the same conditions adults would wear them, using the standard social-distancing…

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