According to our government, millions of Canadian kids are expected to be back inside their classrooms come January 17th, 2022, despite COVID-19 cases reaching an all-time high due to the Omicron variant. This specific variant has proven to be more transmissible than previous strains and even seems to affect vaccinated individuals. Although it is not as deadly as previous strains, it can still have fatal results for those who are considered “at risk”. With that being said, it is more important than ever to slow down the spread, which is why kids who are returning to schools are in need of more effective masks that are authorized by Health Canada, such as the Forest Village KF94 Mask.
Among younger children, Omicron has been affecting them a little differently with many parents observing in their kids a harsh, barking cough known as croup. "Little kids' airways are so narrow that it takes far less inflammation to clog them," said Dr. Buddy Creech, a pediatric infectious disease expert and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He goes on to explain, “young children who test positive for Covid-19. The upper part of kids' airways become very swollen. "When that happens," he said, "there's that characteristic barking cough." Croup may require a few days of steroids, but often goes away on its own. Sometimes kids with bronchiolitis may need oxygen support or breathing treatments before generally recovering completely.
With its 94% efficacy rate, the KF94 mask will be very effective compared to simple cloth masks when it comes to protecting your children from potentially harmful particles that are airborne and can be easily passed on from child to child. “That means basic cloth masks with gaps around the edges won't cut it anymore”, explained Mercedes Carnethon, vice chair of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Masks are mandated by the government, and it makes sense to have your child wear one that is highly effective and fits them comfortably (since they’re expected to wear a mask for approx. 6 hours per day). The KF94 mask utilizes a 4-layer filtration system for a high level of protection, but perhaps more importantly it comes in a Child size which features an adjustable nose bar and ear loops so users can adjust the mask for a perfect fit, which is important as a comfortable & secure fit is paramount for children who have to wear these masks for prolonged periods of time. With a KF94 mask your child will be able to breathe comfortable while feeling safe & protected.