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Children Aged 5 Years And Under Should Not Be Required To Wear Masks: Govt

Mumbai: The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has said children aged five years and under should not be required to wear masks. It added children aged 6-11 years may wear a mask depending on their ability to use a mask safely and appropriately under the direct supervision of parents/guardians.

However, Children aged between six to 11 years may wear a mask, but only the supervision of parents and the consulting doctor.

DGHS, in its updated circular three days ago, the department under the health ministry dropped all medicines, except those for fever and cold, for asymptomatic and mild cases.

It also stressed the importance of following Covid19 appropriate behaviour in adults wearing of a mask and following physical distancing, hand hygiene, and cough etiquettes and said they must be followed by asymptomatic, mild, moderate, and severe patients.

Meanwhile, drugs including hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, doxycycline, zinc, multivitamins, etc prescribed by the doctors to asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic Covid19 patients now has been dropped in the revised guidelines came on May 27.

Doctors have also been asked not to prescribe unnecessary tests to Covid19 patients such as CT scans.

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