More and more states are now requiring facial coverings when out in public. We’ve seen cloth masks being quickly adopted as an accepted form of protection, but that’s not the only option.
What’s the deal with face shields?
A face shield, a protective covering over your mouth, nose and eyes also meets the requirements of states’ executive order. A face shield is easier to wear over a prolonged period of time and doesn’t obstruct your breathing. It’s also easier to talk and most importantly, people can still see your face during interactions. Additionally, when compared with face masks, shields are easier to clean and reuse.
Face shields offer a number of advantages:
- Breathe easily: ventilated band vents shield away from face, increasing airflow
- A clear view: clear with full peripheral vision
- Stop the spread: shield stops wearer from touching their face
- A comfortable option: padded velcro headband fits loose but secure around the head
- Sanitize for re-use: shield can be removed and wiped with cleaning solution, headband is washable
- Long-lasting: durable, scratch-resistant shield
- Safe: made with flame-retardant components
Does a face shield provide sufficient coverage?
Face shields have been in use in hospitals for years, worn during a variety of medical procedures to protect against airborne particles or fragments. A 2014 study showed a face shield reduced exposure by 96% during the period immediately after a cough. Check it out:
To provide the best coverage, face shields should wrap around the face and extend from the forehead to below the chin.