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Does wearing face shield benefit all of us?

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Image: AFP/Ted Aljibe

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease or IATF passed down an order requiring workers to wear face shields along with their face masks.

While beneficial, the proposal was it met by both positive and negative responses, backed by reasonable bases altogether.

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Image: UP Cebu Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab)

So let’s find out why it is better for us to wear both face shields and face masks when heading outdoors

The Benefit of Wearing Face Shield

There are no two ways about it — these plastic visors do help reduce the transmission of the virus. A 2014 study showed that a face shield can reduce exposure against influenza-infused aerosol by 96% as it is projected as far as a foot and a half away. Face shields are also as effective as face masks in repelling larger droplets sprayed into the wearer’s face from as far as two feet away, and up to 10 times more effective than the latter against fine aerosols.

This isn’t mentioning yet how face shields are more comfortable to wear than face masks. It doesn’t restrict the wearer’s airways, fog up their glasses, and covers their forehead up to the chin, additionally protecting the eyes and skin.

How it Affects the Impoverished Community

However, medical experts still strongly suggest that people wear them both if they can. They work hand in hand and do not serve as an alternative to each other. This is probably why some people are protesting the impending rule: because not everyone can.

Simply put, the more the gear, the more we have to spend. People are finding it harder to get by already as the “new normal” continues to impose costly supplements for the continuation of everyday life — smartphones for blended learning, or barriers for motorcycle riders.

Thus, to introduce face shields into that list, despite its documented benefits, is to push the poorest of the poor into a corner amid this health battle. Unless they’re provided to the impoverished for free, to require the wearing of face shields is to discriminate against the same on the erroneous basis of lacking discipline. Otherwise, the rule will only burden the same people it’s trying to save.

Luckily, prices for face shields was reduced and you can now see them everywhere but this does not make you immune to the disease. While there are still no vaccines available, practicing social distancing, limiting outdoor activities, and proper hygiene can be a great help too.

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