If you’ve been out in public, you’ve probably seen a lot of people wearing cloth face masks and a smaller group of people wearing clear, plastic face shields - which begs the question: which one is more effective? The answer is not that simple. Check out some considerations for both.
While experts have argued that shields alone may not offer as much protection as masks, research shows that they can be beneficial if someone can’t wear a mask. The CDC, for example, does not recommend using face shields as an alternative to cloth face coverings. Still, they do recognize that face shields can serve as a substitute for people who can not feasibly wear a mask, either because they are deaf or hard of hearing or because they interact with people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Because the situation surrounding COVID-19 is constantly evolving, some information may not be up to date. Stay informed by following information from your local officials and by visiting the CDC website.