Psychosocial, biological, and immunological risks for children and pupils make long-term wearing of mouth masks difficult to maintain.
IIn a recent article, Westhuizen and colleagues  argued for a global implementation of face covering to control COVID-19 virus spread. In doing so, they do not differentiate between adults, adolescents, and children. This rapid response considers the negative effects at the immunological and psychological level of mandating facemasks for children and adolescents and maintains that they outweigh the possible gains.
Dr.Carla Peeters (corresponding author)
CEO and Founder
COBALA Good Care Feels Better®
Prof. dr. Wim Vanden Berghe
Department Biomedical Sciences
PPES Lab Proteinchemistry, Proteomics & Epigenetic signalling
Prof. dr. Mattias Desmet
Faculty Psychology and Educational Science