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If you would have told me a year ago, that we would be at the point of discussing face shields, I would have laughed in your face.
But, here we are. Face masks are already a needed accessories that many locations are now requiring before we can enter their establishments.
We have avoided talk of face shields — until now. Everyone agrees that face masks work much better than face shields for protecting against the virus.
In fact, the CDC does not recommend wearing a face shield in lieu of wearing a face mask. Here is what they have to say:
It is not known if face shields provide any benefit as source control to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. CDC does not recommend use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for masks. Some people may choose to use a face shield when sustained close contact with other people is expected. If face shields are used without a mask, they should wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face and extend to below the chin. Disposable face shields should only be worn for a single use. Reusable face shields should be cleaned and disinfected after each use. Plastic face shields for newborns and infants are NOT recommended.CDC
It is up to you whether you want to wear a face shield. It is a possibility that people are contracting COVID-19 through the mucosa in the eyes. Let me reiterate, this is not FACT, this is one theory though.
To protect against getting droplets in the eyes, some people are opting to wear face shields WITH their face masks.
A 2014 study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene did find face shields reduced exposure to inhaling cough droplets by up to 96 percent.NBC News
So, if you opt to wear a face shield, we have a list of some of the best ones on the internet for you.