Transcript for How to get your kids ready to wear a mask at school
thanks very much. One of the problems parents maying facing as they send their children back to school, younger kids wearing masks especially younger children. This is my face mask. I wear it whenever I'm in public. Reporter: This year parents are adding masks to their kids' school supply lists, but for some of the youngest children, trying to wear a mask may look like this. ? Put it on your ears. It's a problem parents across the country are facing. It was too big for their face or too small for their face and they'd be constantly fidgeting He has never worn a mask for five hours at a time and I don't know if he'll be able to do it. So we went to the experts to help make the transition easier for everyone. First, they say start a conversation. School is going to look a little different this fall and what have you heard about it and then you can sort of continue to move the conversation forward and start telling kids that their friends are going to be wearing masks throughout the day for the entire day. Reporter: And remember, parents set the example. It starts with their own mask wearing and wearing masks Reporter: They suggest letting your kid pick their mask and start by wearing the mask for a short amount of time. Even a timer is a great way to do this and kind of make it a And make it fun and positive. Say a child loves to play video games, you would not normally have a mask on your child playing video games in your home, but that is a great place to start practicing wearing it because they're doing an activity they will enjoy. That will make it easier for kids to wear the masks at school. I want to reassure parents that their kids are going to show up at school and they're going to look at their teacher who is wearing a mask and they'll look around and look at their friends wearing masks and they'll say oh, okay. This is how things are going to be. Thank you, janai for that. Let's get the latest science on kids and covid. How vulnerable are they? George, we are learning more and more every day about how this virus affects this age group. New released data just out recently show high levels of virus in the upper respiratory tract of kids. That doesn't necessarily mean more infectious. 0 to 18 years of age they are at lower risk of complications and deaths. CDC says less than a thousand chance of death in this age group, but lower risk does not mean zero risk and we also have to take into account the families of those kids and the families of the faculty and staff in the school environment. The kids may not be getting sick, but they're spreading it asymptomatically and that is the whole question of masks. It's not just the wearing the mask, you have to wear it right. 100%, George. When it comes to mask, it's about fit and fabric. Fabric is a big variable, but fit, that mask has to be over the nose, not under. So, you know, that's going to take some practice because some adults are having a hard time with that, as well. It is. This does seem like a lot for little kids to cope with. Well, George, you and I are both parents. We know that kids can learn anything. They are resilient. They will get through this with time, with patience, with as a mom, I have total confidence in that, and as a doctor, I actually am optimistic and hoping that all of these new steps, new behaviors, mask wearing and distancing, more hand hygiene may actually result in a drop in all the other infectious diseases that go around schools on a regular basis. So time will tell, fingers crossed, but there may be a silver lining somewhere in this whole situation. Let me a question that my daughter asked me the other day. She turned to me and said will we be wearing these masks for the rest of our lives? How would you answer that? I would say, smart question from your daughter. No one has a crystal ball. We don't know. We've never been in this situation before, but for the indefinite future, we have it take advantage of all tools in our tool box. It's a low risk, likely high benefit thing we can all do, not just to protect ourselves, but for the common good and protect those around us and that is an incredibly empowering message to send to kids of any age. Jen Ashton, thanks very much. We have more tips for kids to go back to school
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