Face Shields vs. Face Masks: Here’s the Difference

In the United States, nearly 3 million have been diagnosed with coronavirus. While 1 million have recovered, around 130,000 have unfortunately passed away. Many states have made it mandatory to wear PPE (personal protective equipment) in the form of a face mask or face shield. 

What Is PPE? 

Personal protective equipment (usually referred to as PPE) is specialized equipment that works to protect an individual against infectious materials. Personal protective equipment can include respirators, medical masks, face shields, bodysuits, gloves, goggles, and aprons/gowns. The types of PPE used to treat patients with one disease will differ from the PPE used to treat patients with a different disease (such as Ebola and coronavirus). While personal protective gear is useful for anyone, it is especially useful for healthcare workers. 

Uses of a Face Mask

A face mask is used to protect the mouth and nose from aerosols (droplets in the air that can cause infection). When using a face mask, the mask should completely cover the nose and mouth. A face mask should also prevent fluid penetration. Face masks are the most important PPE to wear to protect yourselves from coronavirus. Face masks do not only protect you from aerosols that are from other individuals but can protect you from spreading aerosols to others. 

Uses of a Face Shield

A face shield can be used to protect the entire face, meaning that the nose, mouth, and eyes are all covered. A face shield should cover the forehead, extend below the chin, and wrap around the side of the face. This PPE is handy, as it substitutes the need for masks or goggles. Face shields are most commonly used in healthcare settings. Many people prefer a face shield because it does not make it as hard to breathe as a face mask does. Face masks can also be hot and fog glasses. Many prefer the face shield because it makes it easier to communicate with others. A mask can make your voice muffled, while a face shield makes your voice easier to hear. 

Despite the growing popularity of face shields, the CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) encourages Americans to wear a cloth face mask in public. Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore believes that eventually, face shields will replace face masks. 

Face Masks and Face Shields With Security Pro USA 

Ultimately, whether you wear a face mask or a face shield is up to your preference. At Security Pro USA, we offer both. Our Single Crown, Window and Pin-Lock Headgear is made with a premium scratch-resistant window with pin-lock headgear suspension. This face shield is chemical and scratch-resistant and is currently in stock. 

Our 3-Ply Antibacterial Cloth Face Masks are built with 2-side protection with water-resistant fabric and antibacterial fabric. The outer layer of this face mask is water and splash resistant, while the inner layer is 99.9% antibacterial. These masks can be washed up to 30 times and are in stock. 

Security Pro USA offers more than these face shields and masks. We offer a bulk supply of face masks, protective medical clothing, goggles, and more. We will ship our personal protective equipment straight to you after 0-3 business days of processing your order. When you place an order with Security Pro USA, you are guaranteeing a safer future for you, your employees, and your loved ones. To find out more, contact us at (800) 264-8273. 


1 comment

  • Would be great if you offered an anti-fog wipe to go with your face shields. Any PPE eye-wear when worn properly has fogging issues at times.

    Christopher Baden

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