Wearing a face mask in public has been highly encouraged by government officials and a recent study from Hong Kong found that wearing surgical masks can reduce the non-contact transmission of COVID-19 virus by as much as 75% when masks are used.
However, there are certain groups of people that should not wear a face mask. The CDC says that children under the age of 2-years-old should not wear face masks. The CDC website writes, “cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.”
But does this ruling apply to toddlers and babies who are traveling by plane? There are currently no federal government or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) directives for toddlers and babies in regards to masks. United, Delta, Hawaiian Airlines and Frontier all say that young children don’t have to wear masks on the plane in their guidelines.
As for everyone else, White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx told Fox News that people should wear masks whenever they can and socially distance, especially as more people congregate more this holiday weekend. “[T]here’s clear scientific evidence now by all the droplet experiments that happen and that others have done to show that a mask does prevent droplets from reaching others,” Birx said on the news program. “And out of respect for each other, as Americans that care for each other we need to be wearing masks in public when we cannot social distance. It’s really critically important, we have the scientific evidence of how important mask-wearing is to prevent those droplets from reaching others.”