N95 respirator masks or top quality cloth masks for back to school. Protect unvaccinated kids under 12 Part II



The BTS news from doctors is that the delta variant fundamentally changed the SARS2 pandemic’s course. This Back to School news will help mothers and children know what to do even after there is a vaccine for little children.

Countries which follow stridently the best public health protocols are COVID-19 free. How do others cope with the new normal if it is OK to call it that? Start by protecting children and their families, the foundation of human society. Read the lists below showing which locales have done the best work at beating the virus.

(Read also: Weekend spike. Canada heads into COVID19 4th wave. Protect children say experts – Part I.)

“Moms and children need to know vaccination is crucial but there is still no vaccine for children under 12,” worries Dr. Nassima al Amouri, a clinical team lead for a women’s rights NGO in Syria. “But we have a solution available to us.”

FPM.news interviewed Dr. Nassima al Amouri, to learn more about how clinicians prepare small children heading back to school. She says it is very important that children attend school and do that safely.


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“I tell communities that 95%-efficacious respirators must enter the discussion on child safety at school. I suggest to families, don’t even bother with flimsy ear-loop cloth masks unless you are completely desperate. We then pass out fresh N95s and show parents how to fit their children with the respirator. It works marvellously. For children it is easier to fit the correct size N95 or KN95 than the more flimsy items.

“There is no choice but to do this until there is a vaccine for little children under 12,” Dr. al Amouri adds.

“Wear an N95 respirator or its equivalent and have children do the same thing, wear a respirator. Doctors around the world push this message now. Unlike bureaucrats and politicians, we doctors cannot lie about this. If second best is all a person can afford we demonstrate how to sew three to four layered cloth masks with each layer being of a different fabric weave. They can be fabulous. Children are too precious to take any kind of risk. The delta variant is making many unprotected kids very sick. Hundreds of small children in the USA have died from COVID-19 this year.”

“We know N95 respirators work to save lives because in most locations around the world where humanitarian health care workers provide for public health, vaccines are scarce for everyone, not just children. Reusable respirator masks are our first line of defence. The better the respirator, the safer the communities. More than this, the new variant is slamming children and I and many doctors are furious at this virus. We need to protect children as vigorously as we can,” she added.

According to a study published in the Lancet medical journal, “The evidence is clear: masks work. However, their use is a non-targeted control measure, wherein the whole population is involved, rather than just known or suspected cases. Buy-in from society is necessary for the success of the intervention.” In other words, everyone must wear a mask to stop the virus spread.

CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools

According to the US Centers for Disease Control effective immediately:

“Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.”

Hand washing is super important, too.

Hey moms! Hey kids? The sing-a-long video by Akili and Me shows children how to wash their hands to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic is often used around the world to teach little children heading back to school. Like it? Feel free to download.

Teaching aids used by medical clinicians: “It’s Peppa Pig. Let’s wash hands with Peppa.”

 


Professor Shaun Hendy, a COVID-19 researcher, biostatistician and modeller at the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, believes there may be about 100 cases of the delta variant of SARS2 in New Zealand communities right now even though less than a dozen have been detected. The country is locking down hard over ten known cases, the first in six months.


Teaching children to wear an N95 respirator is easy. Teaching children to wear an N95 respirator is easy. Photo Credit: Melissa Hemingway/FPM.news Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto / Feminine-Perspective Magazine

Dr. Nassima al Amouri, says Gru and the minions have provided great teaching aids and ideas for moms and kids.

“You would not expect Gru to be telling kids to be nice to each other… but his advice is very good in dozens of languages,” says Dr. al Amouri.

 

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Watch video: Dr. Richard Gould, York Region’s Associate Medical Officer of Health provides an update on COVID-19 in York Region, Ontario, Canada.

 

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