Many of us are well-into Corona lockdown and there’s one online debate that has crossed everyone’s newsfeed: Why should we all wear facial protection in public spaces? Here’s a look at some key facts, guidelines and best practices for protective facial wear.
A face shield is a type of protective gear that is used to shield the face and face mask from droplets in the air. Face shields are most effective when used in conjunction with face masks and other safety measures (eg. hand washing and sanitising).
A study has shown that face shields can reduce the wearer’s exposure to droplets by 23% – 96% (varying according to a few factors).
While surgical and cotton masks do not prevent a person from contracting COVID-19, the key reason behind encouraging the public to wear masks is that they can help protect other people in case you are infected. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), up to 80% of COVID-19 cases show mild symptoms or none at all. For this reason, it’s not enough to only wear a mask if you feel sick, because you could be infected (and spreading the virus) without realising.
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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that people wear protective masks or cloths to cover the mouth and nose in public spaces as an additional health measure to social distancing and frequent hand washing. Face masks can help prevent spread of Coronavirus caused by coughing and sneezing, reducing the number of droplets that enter the surrounding air. Even a small reduction in community spread can make a big difference to the pressure put on hospitals and medical resources (Greenhalgh et al, 2020).
Using a face mask correctly is vital. Many people have never worn masks before, so these steps are important to remember:
More information on proper mask use and safety can be found here.
Vision1 has introduced a new range of protective wear for the face, so that you and your business can be prepared.
Our face shields, face masks and protective eyewear are made in Europe using high quality materials. We are dedicated to supporting our producers in Italy during this difficult time. Our face protection products can be customised with branding to protect your employees in customer-facing jobs.
Category: For personal use. / Not a medical product and not to be compared with FFP2 or FFP3 masks.
Important Note: Our face masks, face shields and protective eyewear will not stop you from contracting COVID-19 and they are not medical products. They can help reduce exposure to the virus and act as additional safety measures in public spaces.