Are Face Shields Better Than Masks For Coronavirus? – Cheddar Explains

by birtanpublished on August 16, 2020

Okay so by now just about everyone is wearing facemasks in an effort to flatten the curve face masks or cloth coverings have been required in New York and other major cities across the globe since April 15th many businesses to have implemented a

Facemask protocol prior to entering their establishments so now that you've gotten used to them are you ready to switch to a shield this is what some experts are promoting so what should you do let's take a look in a recently

Published article in the Journal of the American Medical Association dr. Parenti betch an infectious disease physician argued that a face shield could better reduce the transmission of infections as it covers your mouth nose and eyes from

Bacteria liquid droplets and aerosols they also argue that face shield should be included as part of strategies to safely and significantly reduce transmission in a public setting and now the debate is on which protective mask

Is better suited to prevent infection so let's look at the pros and cons here's infectious disease expert dr. a mesh Adalia to break down the pros and cons of each the only pro of a face mask is yes it does form a physical

Impediment to droplets that may emanate from your mouth when you're talking or when you're breathing however it hasn't been established yet that that decreases transmission of this virus so there is this theoretical idea that it impedes

That the motion of droplets to come out of your mouth and that may decrease transmission the cons of them are the fact that they give people a false sense of security and people use them as a substitute for social distancing and a

Substitute for not washing their hands the other con is that people touch their face a lot more when they're wearing the mask people with masks also don't often wash them as Nessus themselves can be contaminated not only

With the novel coronavirus but with other types of pathogens and these are strewn around city streets and sidewalks as well as in a person's house where they may contaminate things secondarily because they're not washing or taking

Care of that mask so those are some of the cons that that we see with household masks wearing the pros of a face shield are that they cover not only your mouth and your nose they cover your eyes as well and you can be infected with the

A virus through your eyes so that is a benefit over and above a facemask another benefit is that they're translucent you can see through them they're less obstructive to your mouth and your nose so they may be more

Comfortable to wear the third is that they're reusable you can you can clean them off and you can wear them again many people with face masks for example will throw them out they'll fail to wash them because they're harder to wash they

Need to be washed in the washing machine for example versus a face shield that can be washed with household detergent because it's basically just a plexiglass covering that you wear and I do think that there is emerging data that face

Shields may be a superior way of protecting yourself and others from the corona virus for me the cons are they may be more expensive they may be harder to obtain they can't necessarily be homemade as easier but I do think that

The cons are are largely outweighed by the pros of using a face shield a 2014 coughs emulation by the National Library of Medicine found his shield could reduce a user's viral exposure by 96% when worn within 18 inches of someone

Who's coughing there are however drawbacks to the shield first research is limited it's unclear how effective shields actually are secondly shields do not seal the entire face contaminants may still into your system if droplets

Are released behind or to the side of users though face shields are open below and on the sides I don't believe that that's a major risk for transmission remember that these respiratory droplets are likely to fall to the ground within

Six feet they act under the action of gravity – so to see an upwardly moving droplet would be you know to defy the law of gravity so I don't think that there is much of a concern with the the openings they're actually those openings

May make them much more easier to wear much more easier to comply with and I would say the benefit of not touching your face and protecting your eyes probably outweighs any other deficiency that people might postulate about these

Face shields while camps are split on the debate dr. Parenti vich and his team believe shields are better because they provide full face protection and are nearly impossible to wear incorrectly and so does dr. adel juh I would

Recommend a face shield to a person who came to me if they could have a face shield versus a homemade face mask I would prefer a face shield through my patients but the jury is still out and it's

Important to follow your state and local guidelines during the corona virus pandemic remember to practice social distancing wash your hands thoroughly with soap and wear protective covering in public settings thanks for watching

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