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ASPHER Statement on the Use of Masks by Children

The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) follows the principle that all action in Public Health must be based on scientific evidence, as it is the only way to guarantee the best health care to populations.

Previously, another Statement was produced by ASPHER dedicated to the use of masks and respirators in general. However, the particularities of the use of masks in children with the application of mandatory use of masks in many situations during the lockdown de-escalation period led ASPHER to take a stand given the enormous difficulties verified in its use all over the world.

If the use of masks and respirators in adults has already reached a consensus in almost all countries and for situations in which they are recommended, ASPHER sees its recommendation for children with great concern even though it unequivocally recognizes advantages. However, action must be taken with the utmost urgency to provide children with the same degree of protection as adults.

The ASPHER Statement on the Use of Masks by Children was issued from ASPHER, the European Academy of Paediatrics and the Institute of Health Sciences, Catholic University Portugal. It provides recommendations on masks use by age group and comes with a useful infographic.

Download the full ASPHER Statement on the Use of Masks by Children here:

English (Original version)

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