New Delhi: The Directorate General of Health Services, DGHS, of the Union Health Ministry, on Thursday issued guidelines in which the age for wearing masks has been fixed.
It states that masks are not mandatory for children below 5 years of age, while children between 6 and 11 years may be advised to wear masks but under the supervision of parents and doctors.
In fact, in the protocol issued to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic, wearing masks, physical distance, frequent hand washing have been advised.
The DGHS has given a guideline for the treatment and prevention of coronavirus infection in children and adolescents below 18 years of age. According to this, Remdesivir injection will not be used in the treatment of infected children and CT scan should also be used rationally to check for infection.
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Apart from this, steroids have also been said to be harmful for the treatment of coronavirus infection of children. DGHS recommends that adequate doses of steroids be used at the right time, in the right amount and in sufficient dosage.
For the use of remdesivir injection, the DGHS has clearly stated that there is not enough data available for its efficacy in the age group of 3 years to 18 years. Therefore, remdesivir should not be used in children.
Further, advising the rational use of CT scan, DGHS has said that chest scan is of little help in treatment. In such a situation, doctors should decide to conduct HRCT in Covid-19 patients only in selected cases. It is noteworthy that the third wave of the epidemic has been predicted to prove fatal for children. In view of this, these guidelines have been issued by the central government.