Children have always been a dilemma for doctors with respect to the emerging coronavirus, sometimes they say they are less susceptible to disease and others say there is no difference between small and large for the epidemic.

This is a cause of confusion for parents. Should they put their children on masks and protect them against HIV?

A Japanese medical group answered this question, and said that the masks should not be used for children under two years of age, because they may cause them to breathe and increase the risk of suffocation, but may affect the performance of their hearts.

The group appealed to parents not to use it with their children, as the country began easing the measures that had been imposed to contain the spread of the Coronavirus, and for some activities to return again.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the emergency in Tokyo and the four remaining regions, on Monday, after numbers of new infections declined across the country, but he warned that restrictions could be imposed again if the virus begins to spread again.

Health experts around the world recommend using gags when social divergence cannot be maintained, to prevent the spread of the disease, as countries begin easing restrictions that they contain.

But the Japan Pediatric Association has warned that masks are too dangerous for children under two years of age.

The association said: "Gags may cause breathing difficulties because the air passages are narrow in infants, which increases the burden on their hearts," noting that the gags also increase the risk of high temperature.

"Let's stop using gags for children under two years of age," the association said in a note posted on its website.

She added that "until now, there have been very few numbers of serious cases of illness among children, and that most of those who have been exposed to the disease have been infected by family members, but no outbreaks have appeared in schools or nurseries."

The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics say that no masks should be used for children under two years of age.

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By ... Nadeemy Haded

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