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How to Put The Face Shield Together
Q: Can I use face shield instead of a mandatory face mask in public spaces?
Quick answer: Probably.
Long answer: It depends... on where you're planning to use it! The main difference between a face mask covering nose and mouth and the full face shield is the type of protection:
- Face shield covers your eyes, nose and mouth where the virus can enter your body. It protects against larger droplets.
- Face mask / nose mouth protection is meant to keep your germs away from other people, and can filter aerosols (smaller particles than droplets)
Best protection is to wear both.
Currently there is no "laws" regulating these new head gears outside of the medical settings, so we all have to use our judgement and be flexible. For examples: if you are entering a shop that requires mandatory face mask, perhaps gently ask if just the face shield is ok to use. When I enter a hospital setting where I know space will be an issue, I wear both. If I'm going out for a walk to the park or meeting up with friends distantly, one other will be fine.
Here is a summary about what we currently know so far about gears and coronavirus: