NBC News suggests children wear two masks to avoid COVID: “You want to layer”


NBC News suggested on Tuesday that children should don their masks when students return to school after winter break and the country grapples with the rise of the omicron coronavirus variant.

“I actually just sent my kids out the door a few minutes ago with two masks on,” NBC investigation and consumption correspondent Vicky Nguyen said in “Today.”

NBC News correspondent Vicky Nguyen demonstrates how to layer a surgical mask under a children’s cloth mask.
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Nguyen said KN95 or N95 masks are preferred, but that it is “really hard to find them in small children’s sizes,” so having children wear two masks was the best solution.

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“The second best option is to make sure you have a child-sized surgical mask,” Nguyen said while holding a child-sized mask. “You really want to make sure you have one that matches your child’s face, and you want to layer the cloth mask over that mask.”

Nguyen demonstrated the layering of the cloth mask over a surgical mask to make sure viewers understood the message.

“The surgical mask comes on first, then the fabric mask,” she said.

Whether or not children should be forced to wear masks has been a polarizing topic throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

In July, a research letter published in the JAMA network by scientists from Poland, Germany and Austria stems from an analysis of 45 children, averaging 10 years old and 6 to 17 years old, found evidence of unacceptable levels of dioxide of carbon reached after three minutes of wearing. As a result, the researchers argued that children should not be forced to wear a mask.

Other researchers have argued that children should not wear face masks regardless of their vaccination status due to a low risk of COVID-19 infection. An opinion piece published in the Washington Post, by Dr. Tracy Beth Høeg, epidemiologist and associate researcher at the University of California, Davis, among others, cited extremely rare risks of poor outcomes such as hospitalization and death from infection in patients. children.

Last month, a senior Minnesota public health official told parents that hiding their children is a “best practice” to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but he appeared to contradict himself behind closed doors, telling staff that masking is one of the “least effective mitigation techniques.”

Bloomington Public Health Administrator Nick Kelley advises Bloomington, Edina and Richfield school districts on COVID-19 policies, which include recommendations for universal masking of students and school staff.

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The question of whether children should be forced to wear masks has been a polarizing topic throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The question of whether children should be forced to wear masks has been a polarizing topic throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

In August, he told parents during a “Back to School” webinar that in addition to getting their children vaccinated, having them wear masks in class is the next best practice to mitigate the spread of the virus.

A month later, Kelley was overheard telling staff at Bloomington Public Health that masking was one of the “least effective” mitigation techniques, according to the Minnesota think tank. The American experience revealed, citing a recording of Kelley’s remarks.

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When asked for clarification, Kelley sent a statement to Fox News saying his agency “continues to advocate for a tiered approach to stop the spread of COVID-19, including vaccination, improving ventilation, social distancing, masking, getting tested if necessary, staying home when sick, and more. “

Fox News’s Jessica Chasmar and Kayla Rivas contributed to this report.


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