Non-medical masks or face coverings are safe to use, even among children.
In terms of risks, continuous mask use may be associated with facial skin lesions, rashes and acne. In younger age groups, there are potential risks related to language and social development. Also, there is a risk of self-contamination if an individual touches or moves their mask with dirty hands. Therefore, it is important to incorporate hand hygiene with mask use.
Overall, Halton Region Public Health recommends the use of non-medical masks or face coverings as an additional measure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.