Face shields vs face masks…





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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