Pediatrician explains school mask mandate’s importance

ASHLAND, KY (WOWK) — Last week, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order requiring everyone entering schools to wear a face mask. This includes children as young as 2 years old.

gov. Beshear said on August 10 that he will “do what I know is right. All teachers, staff, students and visitors in K-12 schools and childcare and Pre-K – wear masks.” This decision was made in an ongoing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant.

It can be difficult to handle children as young as two years old in a school setting, but forcing them to wear masks can be more challenging.

Students work on homework in classrooms while wearing face masks. Courtesy of WOWK-13 News Staff Photo.

Many have expressed concern about wearing masks on children as young as 2 years old. Pediatrician Dr. Ryan Brislin, MD, says he understands the struggle to keep face masks on preschool kids.

My youngest, we still often struggle to keep the mask on him. I always tell people it’s best to try. If you can get them to wear it, let them wear it.

dr. Ryan Brislin, MD, ILCAO

For schools in the US, the CDC recommends layered prevention strategies, much like the recent school mask mandate from Gov. Beshear.

Brislin says that even for the youngest students, while it can be difficult, it’s important to mask them.

Nobody knows all about this or everything about the spread. As far as we know, it is transmitted in those children in the same way as it is in older children and adults.

dr. Ryan Brislin, MD, ILCAO

gov. Beshear also said the executive order is designed to ensure children remain safe to avoid going back to distance learning.

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