Fact-checked by: Science Feedback

2021/01/04 | United States

FALSE: “A German study involving over 25,000 children reveals that major negative impacts on the physical, psychological, and behavioral health of children [from face masks] may be far more widespread than reported”

Explanation: Cloth face masks are safe for children over the age of two years old to wear, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is important for children to practice the same precautionary measures as adults, such as mask-wearing, frequent handwashing, and physical distancing, to limit the spread of COVID-19. While children are generally less likely to develop severe COVID-19 symptoms, some develop serious illnesses following mild cases of COVID-19, which is known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome. Furthermore, children can still transmit the virus to populations that are at risk for severe COVID-19, like the elderly, albeit with a lower probability than adults.

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This false claim originated from: Anonymous; GreenMedInfo

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