After learning the hard way during the first few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic that not all masks are created equal, we’ve seen an increase in face shield/visor use. Face shields and visors are a great option for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in all sorts of settings like health clinics, retail stores (shown to the right) and general workplaces.
Frank Diamond’s Infection Control Today article titled Surgical Masks Offer Little Protection to Healthcare Workers addresses the shortcomings of lower grade masks used on their own to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In a follow-up article entitled Face Shields Called Best Way to Protect Healthcare Workers from COVID-19, Diamond refers to one of the biggest benefits of using face shields being the reduction of self-contamination. For tips and tricks on how to avoid self-contamination check out Cleveland Health Clinic’s article.
When face shields and visors are used in conjunction with low-grade masks, the wearer is safer. For a detailed explanation of how the universal adoption of face shields/visors could be a better option for COVID-19 containment than face masks alone watch this video.
If you are located in the United States and are interested in purchasing face shields for your personal use, contact Summit Medical. If you work at a health care facility located in the UK or Europe and are interested in purchasing Innovia face visors (shown to the left), contact Network Medical (North Yorkshire) or DTR Medical (Swansea).