Updated: Jul 14, 2020
Both face masks and face shields are essential for people to be safe during this Coronavirus pandemic. But which one is best? Which form of facial protection is more guaranteed to keep you and your loved ones safe? Currently, the face mask has been gaining more popularity, but scientists say that a face shield might be a safer option.
Unlike face masks, a face shield completely covers a person’s face, including their eyes. Although the coronavirus cannot enter through the eyes, they can carry the virus, making it easy to spread to the mouth and respiratory system on the carrier and on other people in contact with the carrier. A face mask only covers the mouth and the nose, so with a face shield, this problem can be easily avoided. Furthermore, because the shield completely covers the whole face, it makes it harder for people to touch their face, which is one of the easiest ways a person can get Coronavirus. Because the face shield is not a seal around just the nose and mouth like a mask, it makes it easier for people to breathe, wear, and communicate.
Face shields are made of clear plastic, unlike masks which are cloth. The plastic material makes the shield more durable and long lasting, as well as easy to disinfect. A cloth mask is much harder to clean and you must often change it, but a shield can be easily wiped down with alcohol in a matter of minutes. The fact that the plastic is clear and see through also makes it easy to communicate and read lips. This is especially helpful for the deaf and the hard-of-hearing who need to be able to see other people’s lips in order to communicate properly.
Masks are giving us a false sense of security. They cannot fully protect us like a face shield can. Although a simple face mask is more portable and much easier to wear around in public, a face shield is what will assure your safety. Choosing to wear a face shield instead of a mask not only helps prevent the spreading of the Coronavirus, but it also can help keep you and your loved ones safe and virus-free.
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