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Will Face Shields Be the New Normal?

CTV News Toronto recently released an article about the use of face shields over (or in addition to) masks, and the findings are quite interesting. 

As you travel throughout your day you are bound to see a number of people wearing masks, but how many of them are wearing them incorrectly: pulled down so they don't cover the nose, riding up when they are talking, or down around their chin when they aren't in use.  Wearers are often without thinking touching their masks to readjust them or pull them off entirely so they can be heard clearly. 

The article states "The idea behind asking people to mask up is to minimize the risk of those carrying the virus without any symptoms (studies have found that to anywhere from 18 per cent to 81 per cent of COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic) from unknowingly and silently spreading it to others.

While the science isn’t exactly definitive, face coverings are believed to offer at least something of a barrier to prevent respiratory droplets emitted through coughing, sneezing, laughing or talking from travelling from an infected person to others"

Many people are finding that masks are uncomfortable, irritating, hot, and can cause soreness when worn for long periods of time.  Some people have also experienced anxiety or dizziness while wearing them. 

Here's where face shields come in!  Face shields are clear plastic barriers that protect against droplets in the air.  They cover from the forehead down to the chin, and around the sides of the face.  Products such as ours even boast additional coverage with a fully sealed forehead area.

The article goes on to say "Experts who spoke to CTVNews.ca say more research is needed, but that face shields could be a potential alternative to medical and non-medical masks for the public now that health authorities, including Health Canada, the World Health Organization, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control are recommending the use of face masks in situations where physical distancing can’t be maintained...Infectious diseases specialist Dr. Daniel Diekema generally wears a face shield when out in public, although he has a face mask on hand, too, when establishments specifically mandate masks."

Face shields have been found to be a good alternative to masks simply for the ability to communicate for those both verbal and non-verbal in our communities.  The shields are also easy and comfortable to wear, they don't need to be adjusted like a mask, and for a lot of people it is less intimidating to speak with someone with a face shield over a mask.  Many face shields including our own design is reusable.  Wear it, sanitize it, and when you are through, recycle it.  

Interestingly the article goes on to site a study from 2014 that found that a face shield reduced exposure to the flu by a whopping 96% at a distance of 18 inches from someone that was coughing.

The threat of viruses isn't going away any time soon unfortunately, but it's important to know what you can do to protect yourself and the ones you love.

Stay happy and healthy - The Covid Shield

For the full CTV News article, click HERE

 

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