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HERE ARE A FEW OF THE BEST REASONS YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER TRADING IN YOUR MASK FOR A CLEAR SHIELD, ACCORDING TO DOCTORS.
Face shields are easily disinfected with household cleaners. As well, for those who are deaf and/or hard of hearing, a clear face shield makes lip reading possible as the mouth remains uncovered. Not only are face shields comfortable to wear and breathe in, but they also prevent the wearer from touching their face.
Some Experts Say Face Shields Better Than Masks for Coronavirus Protection
Amesh Adalja, M.D., a pandemic preparedness expert at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, says, “There's a lot of at least biological possibility to suspect that [shields] are definitely better than homemade face masks, and maybe even better than other types of masks as well, because they not only prevent you from spreading it … [and] because it also covers your eyes, it provides more protection to the mucus membranes of your face where you might be getting infected.”
Face masks vs. face shields: What should we be wearing?
“I think face shields are a great option,” Dr. Michael Edmond, professor of infectious diseases at the University of Iowa Health Care, told “Good Morning America.” “One great advantage this time of the year is that they aren’t as hot as a face mask is. For most people, it feels easier to breathe when you have on a face shield, you don’t get the fogging that you get with a mask if you’re a person like me who wears glasses and they’re easy to clean.”
Universal masking in hospitals in the COVID-19 era: Is it time to consider shielding?
Face shields have the potential to overcome some of the major drawbacks of face masks. Face shields provide better coverage of the face, compared with masks, thus reducing the risk of self-contamination. Additionally, face shields are durable, and they can be cleaned and reused.
Face shields vs. face masks — here’s which one experts prefer
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has held firm in its recommendations for how Americans can protect themselves and others from the coronavirus. But increasingly, epidemiologists and experts in prevention are recommending something new: Add a face shield, too.
ARE FACE SHIELDS BETTER THAN FACE MASKS FOR CORONAVIRUS?
But there’s another option: The clear plastic face shield, already in use by many health care personnel. A team of experts say face shields might replace masks as a more comfortable and more effective deterrent to COVID-19.
WHY FACE SHIELDS MAY BE BETTER CORONAVIRUS PROTECTION THAN MASKS ALONE.
Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, an epidemiologist and infectious diseases expert at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, said face shields would be helpful for those who come in contact with lots of people every day.
“EVERY PERSON SHOULD HAVE A FACE SHIELD” SAYS EPIDEMIOLOGIST MICHAEL EDMOND
They provide better facial protection than masks, Edmond believes, and are reusable and more comfortable. They also prevent wearers from touching their faces and make it easier to communicate with others, since the mouth is visible.
UNIVERSAL FACE SHIELDS: A BETTER OPTION FOR COVID-19 CONTAINMENT?
We know from the medical literature that cloth face masks are inferior to medical-grade face masks. They probably do provide some protection…but probably not where it needs to be. We started to think more about whether face shields might be an alternative in the community setting. We learned a lot about face shields in that implementation because we implemented somewhere between 13,000 and 15,000 face shields in a relatively rapid period of time.
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