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While most scientists agree that face masks and other cloth face coverings help reduce the spread of COVID-19, some are investigating the usage of face shields as a means to slow the spread

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According to AARP, while most scientists agree that face masks and other cloth face coverings help reduce the spread of COVID-19, some are investigating other methods to help reduce the spread, such as with the usage of face shields. ~

According to the CDC, cloth face masks have complications for some users, such as those with hearing problems who rely on lip-reading or those with ASL who struggle to communicate without being able to see the other person’s lips. The CDC furthermore states that small children under two years of age should not wear face masks, and young children may;  those with breathing issues or participating in high intensity activities – such as running – may also be unable to wear the masks (CDC); those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, or other sensory sensitivities may have challenges with face coverings (CDC). In some settings, cloth face coverings may increase the risk of heat-related illness or cause safety concerns regarding mechanical hazards (CDC). ~

While the CDC is skeptical of face mask usage as a substitute for face masks, some scientists are looking into it (AARP). Johns Hopkins University suggests that face shields may provide additional protection if one is wearing a mask, though they do not comment about shields alone. Some health experts suggest shields may work well to protect the eyes from droplets, as viruses with a similar respiratory droplet spread can infect people through the eyes (AARP). Many health experts have suggested that social distancing and frequent handwashing are the best forms of protection (CDC, AARP, Johns Hopkins). ~

ARTICLE: DANIEL ENGLAND

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