The latest, as of 2-8-2021, from CDC about face shields: "Not recommended: Evaluation of face shields is ongoing, but effectiveness is unknown at this time."
Ok, we can put a man on the moon but we can't determine the effectiveness of face shields in over a year during a raging pandemic? What? Just look at the doctors and nurses that treat people with COVID-19, or look at the people that administer the tests - they all use a face mask, gloves, and a face shield! Truly, the government employees at the CDC are what they are...government employees! Not to cast aversions on all of government employees, but if our doctors and nurses relied upon their face shield guidance, or lack thereof, well, we would have gotten to over 500,000 dead a lot sooner! Maybe they are trying to tell us something with their cute cartoon picture of a woman wearing "just a face shield" - had they put a cartoon with a picture of a woman wearing both a facemask and a face shield, then it would have two positive check marks, instead of an X mark!
Face Shields for coronavirus protection is something to consider to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19. A facemask helps catch some your respiratory droplets from spreading to others; a face shield helps protect you
from the respiratory droplets from others
and may also help you from spreading your respiratory droplets.Ask us about Special Prices to healthcare workers.
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watch out for scams, price gouging, and misinformation - there are merchants selling face shields for a lot more!
The CDC mentions face shields in their article "Operational Considerations for Personal Protective Equipment in the Context of Global Supply Shortages:
"Face shields: Provide barrier protection to the facial area and related mucous membranes (eyes, nose, lips [mouth]) and are considered an alternative to goggles. Face shields are not meant to function as primary respiratory protection and should be used concurrently with a medical mask
(for droplet precautions) or a respirator (for airborne precautions) if aerosol generating procedure is performed. They should cover the forehead, extend below the chin, and wrap around the side of the face."Why should you wear a face mask and a face shield?
It's all about risk! A face mask and a face shield help reduce your risk
of exposure to coronavirus and if you reduce the risk of exposure you reduce the risk of getting COVID-19 and passing it on to the people you love.
Not everyone needs to walk around with a full HAZMAT suit to protect themselves from the coronavirus. In many US Healthcare settings healthcare workers (HCW) use a face shield to cover their face and their face masks. In fact, some hospitals require HCW to use a face shield and a surgical mask on top of their N95 medical mask! The face shield protects the HCW from airborne droplets splashing on their face and the surgical mask protects the N95 medical mask from direct contamination with airborne droplets!
Medical masks are not the same as cloth face coverings, per the CDC: Considerations for Wearing Cloth Face Coverings
"Cloth face coverings [non-medical] are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people
when the person wearing the cloth face covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice [as when screaming or singing]. This is called source control...COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected. Thatís why itís important for everyone to wear cloth face coverings in public settings
and practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people)." Note: in the same article: "Non-medical fabric [cloth] masks are not considered Personal Protection Equipment and may lead to a false sense of protection and even increase influenza-like illness [COVID-19] relative to wearing a medical mask."
When no medical masks [N95] are available,
the CDC mentions
1) a face shield only or 2) a combination of a non-medical, approved fabric mask and face shield."
- "Potential alternatives: Using
Since not all of us have access to medical masks, the CDC suggests we use a cloth face covering, however, the CDC states "A cloth face covering may not protect the wearer..."
The CDC states "cloth face coverings are not personal protective equipment (PPE)...and are not appropriate substitutes for PPE...or medical facemasks in workplaces where respirators or [medical] facemasks are recommended or required to protect the wearer" Looks like people that wear cloth face coverings are walking around with non-medical masks made of fabric that is not approved! So put on a face shield!
In the same article, the CDC mentions face shields: "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 cloth face coverings." Basically, the CDC is saying that they do not know if face shields help in protecting others from your spray of respiratory particles.
However, if you are wearing a face mask and a face shield, the face mask catches some of your respiratory droplets and the face shield helps catch those respiratory droplets that pass through the mask.
The 4571-1 Face Shield provides added protection from the airborne respiratory droplets and prevents you from touching your face. Remember the recommendation to wash your hands? It's because we constantly touch our face and, of course, your hands may come in contact with the coronavirus that enters the body through the mouth, nose and eyes. Don't just think of a face shield as an airborne-droplet-splash-protector or as protection for your eyes; it's also a protection from your hands.
The face shield:
- Blocks airborne droplets from landing on your face, in particular your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Helps reduce the habit of touching your face.
- Note: face shields are not a filtration device, you should still use a face mask since, in theory, you could still inhale airborne particles through the bottom of the face shield.
- Provides extra protection when used with a face mask.
- Provides partial protection when you can't use a face mask; it is not recommended to use face shield without a mask.
- Helps prevent you from touching your face.
- Covers your face all around from the top of the forehead to below your chin
- The top does not have large gaps were droplets can fall through
- Does not fog up your glasses.
- Does not require a separate headgear.
- Weighs only 2.1 ounces.
- One-piece design allows it to be shipped and stored flat.
Compelling reason to buy:
You love somebody and want to reduce the risk of contagion to you and to your loved ones. You may be in an environment where airborne droplets may come in contact with your face or you touch your face with your hands. Such environments include the following:
- Grocery shopping. There will always be some person without a facemask or wearing a facemask wrong!
- Traveling on an airplane.
- Traveling on a commuter bus.
- Traveling on a subway.
- Traveling as a passenger in a car.
- Around other people where social distancing is not always possible, such as:
- some work environments.
- a sporting event.
- a conference.
- a classroom.
- a church.
- your idiot neighbor.
- Can use with glasses - there is enough clearance for most glasses.
- Can use with computer with no noticeable glare.
- Can be cleaned with hot water and soap.
- Clear plastic.
- Weighs only 2.1 ounces.
- Laser cut with round edges.
- Dimensions: 13 X 9 inches.
- Polyurethane Foam strip is 8 X 1.5 X 1 inch.
- Elastic latex band is 14 X 1 inch.
- Made in U.S.A.
- Use at your own risk.
- Do not use while driving.
- Do not use as face protection for any activity or sport.
- Do not use if allergic to polyester (polyethylene terephthalate).
- Do not use if allergic to polyurethane foam.
- Do not use if allergic to latex.