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Face Shield Effectiveness
Reopen Your Business Safely
1 How do I protect my employees from Covid-19?
2 How does Covid-19 spread?
- Droplets from sneezes, coughs, talking
- Touching our eyes, nose, mouth with contaminated hands
- Aerosols (small particles) of the virus in the air
3 Do Face Shields provide better protection than Face Masks?
Face Shields cover your eyes, nose & mouth, blocking the virus from each entry point. Recent studies show that Face Shields protect you from 96% of droplets when you are 18" away and 92% from 6 feet away.
The CDC recommended cloth face masks to protect others from your droplets which occur when you sneeze, cough, and talk. Unfortunately, face masks do not protect You from other people because your eyes are exposed and small particles can also travel through a surgical or cloth mask.
The plastic face shield blocks you from unintentionally touching your face with contaminated hands. Face masks do not prevent you from touching your eyes and many are uncomfortable, causing people to adjust them and fiddle with them, potentially with contaminated hands.
See here for other studies regarding face shield effectiveness.
4 Do Face Shields & Face Masks Need to be Disinfected?
Yes, after each use, face coverings need to be cleaned. Face Shields are easy to wipe off with household disinfectants and can be used repeatedly. The virus can not penetrate the plastic shield.
Face Masks need to be washed, preferably in a washing machine to ensure they disinfected. Unfortunately, this breaks down the weave of the fabric, increasing gaps that are too small for us to see, but large enough for the virus to travel through.
5 What about the aerosols?
Feedback From Medical Professionals
We have received the following feedback regarding our face shields from doctors & nurses in the field:
- I like the simplicity of the face shield.
- I have confidence that they are safer at work.
- The face shield is easy to clean with disinfectant wipes.
- The face shield is comfortable even with goggles or glasses and an N95 mask.
- I like that the plastic is close to the face, reducing the potential for contaminated airflow.
FACE SHIELD KITS
We developed face shield kits to enable people shut-in at home to assemble and donate to their local health care workers. The groundswell of support has been truly inspiring.
Photo Gallery of Face Shield Kit Initiative
Health care workers on the front line, fighting Covid-19 & Citizens helping protect them. We've captured photos of just a few heroes - thank you to all who are stepping up to help!
1 How do I assemble the Face Shields?
1. WATCH TUTORIAL VIDEO
3. SET UP
Put cardboard on work surface to protect it from glue. Place paper template on work surface, with the side to be glued near you. Tape template to work surface, covering the squares where elastic will be glued. This will protect the template.
4. CUT ELASTIC
Cut the elastic into strips for headbands, using the measuring guide at bottom of the template.
5. SCUFF PLASTIC
Scuff up areas to be glued with sandpaper or nail file. This will increase glue adhesion
6. GLUE & PRESSFill the line on FOAM area with glue. Wipe stray glue strand on foam piece & set glue gun down. Press Foam on glue FIRMLY.
Fill circles on Elastic area with glue. Wipe stray glue strands before setting down glue gun. Place end of elastic band on the first circle & press FIRMLY, spreading the glue to end of plastic shield.
Stretch elastic across the foam & fold the end under, pressing onto the other circle at end of template. Glue should spread to end of plastic shield.
Note: Be careful not to get stray glue strands on the plastic shield. If the glue is not spreading, it is too cold.
Tug on each end of the elastic to be sure it is firmly adhering. Gently pull on Foam to make sure it is secure.
2 What tools do I need for the Face Shield Kit?
Note: Do not make face shield if you or someone in your household is sick, or you believe has been exposed to COVID-19.
- Disinfectant wipes or spray bottle
- Glue Gun with glue sticks
- Paper towel
- Rubbing Alcohol or Nail Polish Remover (for cleaning shields)
- Sand Paper or nail file
- Something to protect work surface from glue e.g. piece of cardboard
- Packing Tape
Each Face Shield Kit contains a template for assembly. To print an additional template, click here:
Face Shield Template (Printable)
3 How do I find Health Care workers who need these?
Health Care Facilities Requesting Face Shields
Get Us PPE is a website that provides an interactive map of 3,800 health care facilities requesting PPE donations. Contact location before donating. Click here for our Donation Letter.
Click here for #GetUsPPE
CITY OF CHICAGO
Requesting 1 million face shields. Drop off between 9am-3pm, Mon-Fri.
Drop off details: United Center, 16 S Wood St, Lot H
STATE OF ILLINOIS
4 Are these Face Shields FDA approved?
Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the FDA has suspended the requirement for Face Shields to be certified for medical use.