As schools around the country open — and the highly contagious delta variant continues to circulate — COVID cases among children are the highest they’ve been since the pandemic began. Very little news coverage is provided to the outbreaks in our schools. The bigger concern, is for the unvaccinated, as the risk involves when your children come home from school and unfortunately got covid from their classmates.
Mask wearing is an important part of keeping kids, particularly those too young to be vaccinated, safe and healthy. Groups like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Academy of Pediatrics have called for universal masking in schools. They also say unvaccinated children age 2 and up should wear them anytime they’re in indoor public settings.
And some experts believe now is also the time for kids to really step up their mask game by wearing KN95 or KF94 masks, which may provide better protection by filtering out a higher percentage of very small particles.
“To me, it’s been a no brainer since day one. We should use the the best masks to protect our children. We should use them to keep safe,” said Michael Williams, a parent whose 5-year-old son wears KF94 masks every day.
Johnson is a teacher — not a medical professional, he emphasized — but he did his research.
But medical experts also emphasize that what’s most important is finding a mask (or masks) that really work for your particular child.
“The best masks are always going to be the ones your child will wear,” said Jeff Horner, who suggested trying out various masks to see which one your child will prefer. At Brookwood Med, they have both KN95 and KF94 Masks for Children.