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Steamy Singapore says face shields no substitute for mandatory masks

 

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People wear face masks during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Singapore, April 3, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su

 

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Tropical city-state Singapore said on Monday it was curbing the use of face shields as a substitute for masks, as its residents look for ways to protect themselves from the coronavirus and avoid discomfort on hot, humid days.

 

The Southeast Asian nation is one of several states globally that have made masks in public compulsory, but transparent shields attached to headbands or glasses that do not touch the face have become a popular replacement.

 

Singapore is due to reopen schools and some businesses on Tuesday, the first tentative steps in emerging from a two-month COVID-19 lockdown.

 

"The design of face shields typically leaves a gap... Masks that are worn closely and completely over the nose and mouth do not have such gaps," the health ministry said.

 

"With the re-opening of our economy and society, we can expect more activities and close contact amongst people, including on public transport. So masks will now be required as the default."

 

Face shields would only be allowed for children under the age of 12, those who face medical difficulties wearing masks or persons speaking to a large group, such as in a classroom.

 

First-time offenders caught without a mask in Singapore are fined S$300 ($212).

 

Singapore confirmed 408 new coronavirus cases on Monday, its health ministry said, bringing the city-state's tally to 35,292.

 

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There's two types of droplets, aerosols tend to be the smaller type that are released just when talking and are suspended in the air, then the larger types which are released when coughing/sneezing and they fall down.

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So are face shields effective or not? A solid non porous barrier forwards whilst revealing the wearer's face, so great for tv etc. Used alot by presenters and guests on Thai TV talk and game shows. What about the air gap all around it? Ill fitting masks have been criticized for the " jet effect " where there are gaps between mask and skin. In the final analysis I guess any barrier is better than none, but which is most effective?

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2 hours ago, sprq said:

A face shield stops the wearer from issuing droplets straight out into the air when coughing or sneezing, the main transmission method of Covid-19, the same as a mask does, and it should therefore be acceptable. 

nonsense 

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31 minutes ago, Kalasin Jo said:

So are face shields effective or not? A solid non porous barrier forwards whilst revealing the wearer's face, so great for tv etc. Used alot by presenters and guests on Thai TV talk and game shows. What about the air gap all around it? Ill fitting masks have been criticized for the " jet effect " where there are gaps between mask and skin. In the final analysis I guess any barrier is better than none, but which is most effective?

I would not be happy at all sitting beside someone with a face shield 

 

it might stop forward projection but where does it go - out the sides, so no they are not an effective replacement for masks in any setting 

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Whilst I can understand those people that suggest a mask prevents spread of the virus better than a face shield, I think the face shield provides a better form of protection to the wearer than most masks which do not help in any way. Given that the face shield is a better protector than the average cloth mask, but your average cloth mask (only when worn correctly) probably restricts the quantity of virus particles exhaled, your best protection against the virus or unknowingly spreading the virus to others is a mask behind a face shield. As someone who teaches, I think the face shield is the best solution in the classroom for someone who needs to communicate their teaching clearly but with limited opportunity to spread the virus through speech, sneezing or other means.

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The face shield Is the better choice but many countries are without any masks and they are still doing ok if keep a distance and stay home if feel sick.

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social distance is based on what science now?

 

right, NONE

 

if someone sneezes or cough, it sticks into the air (droplets) not 2 meters, but further ... and stays into the air (suspension) and everybody walking by could be infected

 

but but ....  with a mortality rate of 0.2 percent, for the SICK, old, compromised people this COULD eventually be dangerous...

 

why not do a reversal:  all sick & old people with chronic diseases are quarantined and the scared people can stay home and all the rest can just try to live a normal life without all this c.... based on NOTHING

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5 minutes ago, Bender Rodriguez said:

social distance is based on what science now?

 

right, NONE

 

Based on this science actually

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Everyone has an opinion on this social distancing...

 

We are being told to stop living as humans, social animals, to save lives (very tiny % of lives) !!

If you can't hug your relatives and mates, roll around in the grass with your missus, high five your buddies and stand around the BBQ drinking beers, is there any point ??

Life is for living and dying, let us get on with it.... 

 

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Just now, cornishcarlos said:

Everyone has an opinion on this social distancing...

 

We are being told to stop living as humans, social animals, to save lives (very tiny % of lives) !!

If you can't hug your relatives and mates, roll around in the grass with your missus, high five your buddies and stand around the BBQ drinking beers, is there any point ??

Life is for living and dying, let us get on with it.... 

 

Exactly, if you are scared stay at home

I'm looking forward to getting back to the UK, away from this mask obsession

99% of people wear masks to protect themselves. 

All this BS that they wear them to protect others is laughable

Thais lack even basic empathy on all levels 

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