In the interview earlier this month, Dr. Leann Poston, a pediatrician and assistant dean and director of admissions at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, shares his thoughts and experiences on face shields in regards to CDC guidelines and not being recommended.
“Since there is a clear barrier between your child’s mucus membranes (eyes, nose, and mouth) and droplets from other people, face shields should be effective against the droplet spread of COVID-19,” Dr. Poston tells POPSUGAR. “However, there is not a lot of research on the subject, and experts are split on whether face shields can replace face makes. Unlike face masks, they do not provide an airtight barrier and therefore cannot fully protect you.”
Despite the lack of research and CDC recommendations, according to Dr. Poston face shields bring several benefits to the table. They can protect the eyes from droplets and provide a barrier that may decrease the tendency for the child to touch a face. In addition, if your child has a condition that prevents them from wearing a face mask, face shields can be the only alternative.
“The biggest factor to consider when buying a face shield for your child is size,” says Dr. Polson. “It should cover the child’s face from forehead to below the chin and from ear to ear.” She also says that it is important to sanitize the face shield often and thoroughly.