An image of a newborn baby wearing a face mask has been shared on social media with the apparent suggestion that this is in line with current advice. This is false. The Chief Nurse at Public Health England has said that children under three should not wear face coverings as they may lead to choking and suffocation.
Posts containing the image (here , here , here ) have been shared hundreds of times. The picture shows an infant with a face mask under the caption: “2019: Back is best, fitted sheet only, no stuffed animals in crib to reduce SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) risk. 2020:” It implies that the use of face masks on babies is in line with recommendations.
This claim contradicts advice