MAY 03, 2020 — Here’s what’s happening on social media so far this week that’s related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Baby Masks Are Dangerous
Twitter sounded the alarm on masks for very young children over the weekend. In response to an Amazon ad for Jonigo breathable gauze masks for children 0–3 years old, pediatric physician assistant Alyson Smith tweeted,
“Hey @Amazon this product could be deadly to babies and must be removed immediately.”
Hey @Amazon this product could be deadly to babies and must be removed [email protected] and @AmerAcadPeds say no masks under age 2 due to high risk of suffocation. Reported via @AmazonHelp chat last week but product is still up.#COVID19 #Pediatrics https://t.co/QNPDr5DNxQ pic.twitter.com/qSDKXDngDG
— Alyson Smith (@PedsAly) April 26, 2020
Smith and other users stress that both the Centers for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommend against masks for small children, especially babies, because of the high risk for suffocation. She complained to the Amazon help center, and it appears the masks, along with similar products, have been removed from the site. However, baby masks are still readily available on numerous other websites.
Protective face masks for kids may be a tempting purchase for parents, especially since there has been an increase in reports of severe gastrointestinal distress and cardiac inflammation in pediatric coronavirus patients. The characteristic COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath are less common in children than adults, according to the CDC.
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