Face Shield Full-Length Face Protection
For protection from splashing or spraying
• Maximum visibility
• Not made with natural rubber latex • Lightweight material
• Can be worn with or without glasses • Disposable
• Easy to clean
Available in 3 pack, 6 pack and 9 pack
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Face Shield?
An item of personal protective equipment (PPE), aims to protect the wearer’s entire face (or part of it) from hazards such as flying objects and road debris, chemical splashes (in laboratories or in industry), or potentially infectious materials (in medical and laboratory environments).
How do face shields work?
Curved plastic that protects your eyes or face from infection. They are typically used by healthcare workers for certain procedures where “splash or splatter is likely,” as is the case when a dentist performs a teeth cleaning, explains David McKnight , MD, a clinical professor in primary care and population health at Texas A&M University. Shields are also often used for safety in hardware and home improvement projects. They do not prevent spread of COVID-19 , but can help reduce transmission. They can block large particulates from getting into your eyes and mouth, said McKnight.
Can I use a face shield instead of a face mask?
According to experts, face shields are not a viable alternative to masks on their own, but they can provide extra protection to other parts of the face when used with a traditional mask.
“Eye protection is good, which you don’t get with a face mask,” said Dr. Daniel Morgan, M.D., a professor of epidemiology and public health and infectious disease at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “Larger face shields may improve beyond that, but a mask should be worn to cover the mouth and nose.” According to Morgan, there is little data to support the use of face shields without a mask, so they should not be used as a replacement for more traditional face coverings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also does not recommend face shields as an alternative to face masks , though does note that “some people may choose to use a face shield when sustained close contact with other people is expected.” The CDC says face shields should wrap around the wearer’s face and extend past the chin.
While a face shield can help protect the wearer from large splashes or droplets to the eyes, they usually do not completely cover the sides of the face or under the chin, which leaves room for airborne particles to find their way underneath the shield.
“[Their design] makes them more comfortable, but allows respiratory droplets and small aerosols, possibly containing virus, to escape into the surroundings,” said Dr. Scott Segal, chair of anesthesiology at Wake Forest School of Medicine. “A covering with some ability to trap particles or filter them out is what’s really needed.”
Should you get a face shield?
Face shields can be an additional layer of protection against COVID-19, along with wearing a face mask, practicing safe social distancing and washing your hands regularly. Shields do not replace face masks, as they do not fit to your face and effectively block respiratory droplets from the air around you, said Suyama. Experts agree the shields should be worn only with a face mask, not on their own.
“Most shields do not cover the mouth and nose well enough to trap particles that wearers expel,” said Kathryn Jacobsen , a professor in global health epidemiology at George Mason University. “Face shields also usually do not have filters that reduce the risk of the user breathing in viral particles.” For the record, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend shields for everyday activities as a substitute for cloth face coverings, as it’s unknown if they actually provide protection. A 2014 study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene did find face shields reduced exposure to inhaling cough droplets by up to 96 percent. But the author, William Lindsley, a research biomedical engineer at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, previously told NBC News cloth masks do a better job protecting you against a virus.
“A face shield is good against the really big stuff [particles] that you can kind of see,” he said. “But as the stuff gets smaller and smaller, it’s just easy for that to go around the face shield and be inhaled.” Shields can also be bulkier than masks, said McKnight, making it more uncomfortable for the wearer (and consequently more likely for them to take it off). Keep in mind that face shields also don’t meet the criteria for a face covering in all states, so you’ll need to check your local requirements before wearing one in public without a mask.