Children above 2 years must wear mask to avoid contracting COVID: Guyanese government

The Health Minister of Guyana - Dr Frank Anthony, stated that children above the age of 2 years are most likely to be at more risk of catching the COVID virus.

Guyana: As per the new health advisory issued by the government of Guyana, it has circulated a warning asking the parents to make their children wear the masks (atleast those who are above the age of two years) in order to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The Health Minister of Guyana – Dr Frank Anthony, stated that children above the age of 2 years are most likely to be at more risk of catching the COVID virus.

The Minister added, “We should support children in wearing masks, particularly in the light that right now globally, you have the delta variant that is presently circulating, and with this different variant, anyone who has not vaccinated yet would be at risk which carries children.”

He further noted that it is advised that the children should wear medical-type masks for extra protection, while those without medical conditions can wear cloth masks.

Dr Anthony noted that the parents need to take care of their children as worldwide, the COVID-19 infection rate is increasing at a higher rate.

“With the original strain of the COVID-19 mutant, we would have seen that when kids are infected, they received a more moderate form of the disease. Still, with specific variants that are circulating when children get contaminated, a small percentage of them can end up in the hospital,” he further added.

Since the first case of the COVID-19 mutant was reported in the Caribbean island of Guyana a year ago, more than 1,500 children have contracted coronavirus, including three of them losing their battle against the virus.

“If they are outdoor by themselves, they can go without any of the masks; however, if parents are with other children, it is suggested that they should have a mask on,” the Health Minister further noted.

As per the statistics, so far, the Caribbean island has a total of 21,562 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 infections, out of which 19,834 individuals have been recovered from the deadly virus, while around 512 people have died because of the novel coronavirus.