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Children under age of 5 year need not wear masks, says India Govt.

As per the revised guidelines, it has been stated that  6-11 years may wear masks depending on their ability to wear masks safely under the supervision of parents. 

The government of India announced on Thursday that the usage of antivirals or monoclonal antibodies is not suggested for children under 18 years of age. Even in the case of severe Covid-19 infection, this is not recommended. In case of use of steroids, they should not be given more than 10 to 14 days as subject to clinical improvement. 

The government says that masks are not recommended to be used by children under the age of 5 years at all. However, those who are above the age of 12, may have to wear massages just like adults in some cases, says the ministry. 

The guidelines were reviewed and revised as there was a sudden spike in Covid-19 infections related to Omicron Variant. 

The current data from other countries suggest that even though the Omicron variant is a super spreader, the diseases or problems caused by it are not so severe. However, the need for taking precautions and monitoring data closely still remains. 

The cases raised due to Omicron Variant are classified as asymptomatic, mild, moderate and severe. Use of steroids and antimicrobials is not recommended in mild cases unless there is clinical apprehension of a superadded infection.


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