What is the Outcome of Children Wearing Masks, and Have there been Psychological Repercussions?

The COVID-19 disease has been a deadly one, and people are doing all they can to beat it or prevent themselves from getting infected. One of the simplest things people can do to stay away from this deadly disease is to wear a mask. Wearing a mask has become so important that even children know they have to wear one when they go out. Here we have a look at what is the outcome of children wearing masks and find out have there been any psychological repercussions of the same.

What Data Says

Though there have been limited studies that evaluate the isolated effectiveness of wearing masks in children, several studies have unveiled that mask mandates in schools are associated with lower incidents of SARS-Cov-2. Wearing masks for outdoor sporting events doesn't seem to be beneficial.

Though there is little research available regarding mask-wearing behaviour and compliance to the same by children, data does show that adherence to mask policies was high in children, and the uptake increased with age.

Psychological Repercussions of Wearing Masks

The Psychological Repercussions of wearing masks in children is something we should all know about. The data of three different studies was examined recently.

One study unveiled that there was a decrease in psychological impacts when children wear masks.

A study conducted on school children in China mentioned that decreased frequency of mask use was associated with higher levels f psychological distress.

In a survey of parents that was organized in Germany, about 46- 68 % respondents said that children reported at least one impairment when they had to wear masks. The most common complaint was irritability, and it was followed by headache, difficulty concentrating, less happiness, reluctance in going to school, malaise, impaired learning and fatigue or drowsiness.

Children wore masks for an average of 270 minutes a day. There was no way to be sure that the impairments were related to wearing masks or not.

In a survey conducted on 2,954 parents of school-going children in France, more than 45 percent of respondents reported that there were unspecified changes in the mood of their children. More than 80 percent of parents stated that their children felt embarrassed when they wore a mask.

Mask wearing has helped reduce the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infections in schools. Studies have shown there the levels of transmission were low when masks were implemented. However, the independent impact of mask-wearing was not found as the schools also had other measures to prevent and control the spread of the infection.

The compliance increased with age in children. More research is required to know the exact psychological impact of mask-wearing on children.

If you can't get your kid to wear a mask, then here are 5 things you can try to make things easier for yourself and your children.

Also, here are a few common mask myth busters about kids and face masks that will probably answer all your questions.

by Shruti , CNS Canadian News Source




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