With in-person learning beginning across the country, the American Lung Association’s Chief Medical Officer Albert Rizzo, M.D., released this statement today to remind the public that masks are safe and effective for everyone over the age of two.
“To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Lung Association recommends that everyone over the age of two wear masks in public indoor spaces and that children and teachers wear masks in school according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. We also encourage people who are eligible get a COVID-19 vaccine.
“We want to reiterate that masks are safe and effective for everyone over two years old. Masks are designed to be breathed through and there is no evidence that low oxygen levels occur. Even children with lung conditions like asthma should be able to wear a cloth face covering if their asthma is well-controlled. It is important to ensure clean masks are readily available. Reusable masks should be washed at least once a day and disposable masks should be thrown away after wearing once.
“For kids just starting to wear a mask, we recommend practicing at home first. Children can start by wearing their mask while watching their favorite TV show. Then try wearing it for a walk around the house, and then outside to take a short walk around the neighborhood.
“We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated, for all to wear a mask indoors in public spaces no matter your COVID vaccination status when you are within six feet of others, and follow other CDC guidelines like maintaining social distancing, including avoiding crowded indoor spaces, washing your hands often, and staying home if you feel unwell.”
For media interested in speaking with an expert about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines and masking, contact the American Lung Association at [email protected] or at 312-940-7001.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.