Face coverings are required in many places around the US to protect people from coronavirus infections.
I tried wearing a face shield instead of a face mask for about a week, and fell in love.
The shield is easily cleaned, easy to see through, simple to breathe and talk in, and provides a physical barrier that protects both the wearer and others from infection.
There is no solid evidence about whether a shield is superior to a mask, protection-wise, but experts say there’s no reason to think that face shields are necessarily inferior viral barriers.
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I’m just going to say it: I hate wearing my face mask.
Homemade face masks are uncomfortable, sweaty, difficult to breathe in, difficult to talk in, fog up glasses, and require regular washing.
Plus, they’re imperfect viral barriers, especially if you’re taking them on and off all day to talk, breathe, eat, and drink.
Luckily, I’ve found something far better.
I’ve been wearing a rigid plastic face shield — a protective barrier against disease made of plastic — that covers my eyes, nose, and mouth, in place of a makeshift face mask. I’ve been using it for about two weeks now as I walk around my neighborhood in New York, where face coverings are required in public to help protect people from catching the coronavirus.
The results have been delightful.
So before you brave another trip to the grocery store or the park in your Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended homemade mask, hear me out.
Wearing a mask in addition to a shield is the most iron-clad form of virus protection.
But, “if you just need some pretty good protection, and especially if you’re just really worried about preventing you from giving someone else COVID, then the shield does actually protect you really well,” said industrial designer Stephen Chininis, a professor at Georgia Tech and advisor to the Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners, where he 3D prints shields.
Chininis and other inventors and manufacturers have started making shields that attach to a baseball cap, which anybody can wear.
They don’t require the elastic bands that healthcare workers often use for their shields, which have been in short supply.
“I mean, I can’t wear a mask for very long,” Chininis said. “In certain situations, it’s just really difficult.”
He said if you do use a shield, it’s important to ensure whatever plastic barrier you use …read more
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