Which type of PPE is the best one for you? Here’s what experts say.
For many of us, it’s now standard to don a face mask to go to the grocery store, the pharmacy, or on public transportation. But some people are wearing another type of face covering—a clear plastic shield that covers their entire face known as a face shield. In a JAMA opinion article published on April 29, Iowa City doctors and public health experts suggested that the face shield was a better option than the face mask for various reasons. Face shields are easier to disinfect than cloth masks, and it’s easier to breathe while wearing one, the researchers wrote. Face shields prevent the wearer from touching much if not all of their face, while a cloth mask only covers the nose, cheeks, and mouth. There’s also no need to remove a shield when you’re talking to someone, which people tend to do with a mask.
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