Over the past for two years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued complicated – and at times contradictory – guidelines on whether or not to wear a mask, depending on whether you are vaccinated indoors, outdoors, or not. In confusion, it is easy to miss one large demographic category that remains unvaccinated: children under the age of 12 still cannot get injections at all. He will also return to a large number of schools soon.
I also have two small children and watching them get used to the climate wearing masks was a strange, proud thing. My son entered the pandemic as a two-year-old masked. At 4 years old he is now calmly looking for his mask and putting it on before playing on the playground.
We know that all unvaccinated children over the age of 2 should wear face masks in public places, which means that if your children go back to school, you should refresh your stock of face masks.
I spent two years putting masks on my children. These are the ones that worked best. Still, don’t take this as my last word. I am constantly testing and updating our recommendations, and I also routinely update our guide the best masks for adults.
Update in August 2021: We have added current information, new face masks from Happy Masks and Dr. Puri and updated our add-on recommendations.
Adrienne So is the lead author of this guide. Louryn Strampe also tested and contributed to this guide.
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