Use of face shields during Covid-19 pandemic.

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Author: Richard Echem
Date: Sept-Dec 2020
From: Port Harcourt Medical Journal(Vol. 14, Issue 3)
Publisher: Medknow Publications and Media Pvt. Ltd.
Document Type: Editorial
Length: 818 words
Lexile Measure: 2060L

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Byline: Richard. Echem

The 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic as labelled by the World Health Organization has had a global impact, affecting every aspect of daily life of people, businesses, manufacturers and even the healthcare sector.[1],[2],[3] The causative agent, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is spread from person to person by droplets, direct contact and aerosols have also been implicated.[1],[4],[5] The disease has resulted in several fatalities since its outbreak.

Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as a control measure has been adopted. However, due to the global impact of the disease there have been shortages in availability of personal protective equipment such as medical masks, eye protection, gowns and gloves amongst others.[1],[4],[5]

Face shields are personal protective equipment devices that are used for the protection of the facial area and associated mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth) from splashes, sprays and spatter of body fluids.[6],[7] Structurally, the face shield is composed of the visor, frame and suspension systems.[6] The dimensions of visors differ. Some are in half facepiece length extending to the mid-face, full facepiece length extending to the bottom of the chin and face/neck length that also covers the anterior neck.[6] Their widths also vary but it is recommended that...

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