Before you mask your child in a bandana or neck gaiter, read this: The latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says evaluation is ongoing on the effectiveness of those types of face coverings in preventing droplets and particles from spreading the coronavirus.
Face shields, folded handkerchiefs and masks with exhalation valves or vents are also discouraged since they may not be good barriers after someone with COVID-19 talks, coughs or sneezes.
What to use? Two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric. The mask should completely cover your nose and mouth, and it should fit snugly against the side of your face and have no gaps, says the CDC.
The CDC recommends people wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Wash your hands before putting on a mask and do not touch the mask when wearing it.
Pediatrician Dr. Ray Fabius told Kindercare parents that they can make wearing a mask easier to understand for kids by pointing out that firefighters, doctors, nurses, dentists and superheroes wear masks to protect people.
Old Navy posted on Twitter that “masks are the new capes.”
For all of Oregon, face coverings are required for everyone five and older in indoor public spaces and outdoors anywhere physical distancing isn’t possible.
Children’s masks are about 5.75 inches wide by 3 inches high while adult masks are typically 7.5 inches long and 3.5 inches tall. No mask is designed to be used on children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing.
Here are companies that make face masks for children and adults. Several support health efforts and people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
If you need to buy a better face mask or replace ones that are months old, retailers are having back-to-school and other sales.
There are more options that really fit a child as well as antimicrobial face coverings, new styles (characters) and other improvements.
American Eagle has reusable masks made with two layers and an antimicrobial finish. Youth face masks start around $14 and come in a variety of prints and patterns. Twenty percent of all mask sales will go to the Crisis Text Line.
Fanatics has youth-size face coverings to cheer on every sports team, especial Oregon’s teams. A three-pack of small sizes is $24.99.
Disney has Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars character-theme face masks in small, medium and large (see measuring chart) and the company is donating one million cloth face masks for children and families in underserved and vulnerable communities across the U.S. through MedShare.
Spacemask offers three layers of antibacterial nanotech fabric yarn that is said to protect from dangerous particles, droplets, dust, smog, pollen and mold. The washable, contoured Advanced Nanotech Premium…