Face shields vs face masks…




You Can Now Also Wear A Face Shield When You Go Out — Here’s Where To Buy Face Shields

If a plastic face shield works better for you in the fight against Covid-19, it is now an option. Here’s where to buy. 

  • Celine Tan

By Celine Tan 22 May 2020 15:00 Updated 22 May 2020 18:40

People can now choose to wear either a face mask or a face shield when they leave the house. According to Ministry of Health guidelines, wearing either a face mask or a face shield provides adequate protection for the general public. Experts have said that for better protection, the shield should be worn together with a face mask. But know that in these challenging times, you now have the option of a clear plastic shield, which can be worn with or without a disposable or reusable mask.

This could be useful for kids, especially when many of them go back to school on June 2, as it’s hard to get kids to keep their masks on, and it can be challenging in our humidity and in non-air conditioned classrooms. Face shields can also be cleaned more easily than face masks. According to Education Minster Ong Ye Kung, in an Instagram Live Q&A with influencer Drea Chong, face shields will be distributed to all pre-school and primary school kids about a couple of weeks into Term 3, which starts June 2.

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Face Shields seem to be gaining in popularity at the school level. The MOE announced that it will provide face shields to all preschool and primary students, and the thinking is that they are more comfortable for younger kids to wear than face masks. Particularly with little ones who are still learning to talk (and are hard to understand at the best of times!), it is both easier for them to understand others if they can see their lips moving, and for teachers to be able to comprehend what they’re saying. Toddlers are also less likely to try to take off a face shield than they are a mask.

We also like that face shields can be easily cleaned and don’t require the drying time of a mask.

Face masks, on the other hand, are ultra-portable and available in a wide variety of colours, patterns and fabrics (click here to see our roundup of cute locally-produced face masks for kids!).

As Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of NUS’s School of Public Health, told Channel News Asia, face masks provide more protection than face shields, which are primarily aimed at minimizing droplet exposure and other parts of the face not covered by a face mask, which protects the nose and mouth most effectively. “The open nature of the face shield protects users against more forceful projections,” Professor Teo noted, “but does not completely eliminated exposure or dissipation of droplets.”

Along these lines, infectious disease experts actually recommend wearing both a face shield and face mask in tandem, but we think that’s a big ask for little ones! Here are the pros and cons of face shields vs. face masks to help you make an informed decision that suits you and your kiddos’ needs best. Fortunately MOE has stated that both provide adequate protection!








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