Importance of Protective Shields to Protect Against COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is currently recommending that all Americans wear face masks when venturing out into public. Many cities in America have taken that one step further and are now making it mandatory that people wear some sort of mask when going outside.
For those people who work at jobs that require them to deal with the general public, this presents a challenge. Frequently, they come into contact with people far closer than the current recommended 6-foot distance. Cashiers are the group who are most affected as they usually stand within 3’ of the person paying for their purchases.
A protective shield is a great solution that can help prevent the spread of this deadly disease while protecting workers whose jobs require them to be closer than the six-foot recommended distance. We’re going to look at these shields and how they can help keep employees safe.
How Does the Coronavirus Transmit?
For a person to get infected, the virus needs to come in contact with their mouth, eyes, or nose. Transmission can occur when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes. Microscopic water droplets that contain the virus are then injected into the air. They can “hang out” suspended in the air for hours at a time due to how small and lightweight they are.
The infected water droplets can also travel up to 6-feet. This is why the CDC strongly recommends the public maintain a six-foot social distancing policy. In addition to catching the virus via airborne transmission, human beings can also self-infect themselves. This often occurs when they touch a surface that contains the virus and then touch their nose, mouth, or eyes.
This presents a considerable problem for cashiers. In addition to accepting cash that could have the virus on it, they need to touch the products of the customer as they scan them during checkout. It’s far too easy to make a mistake—and accidentally touch their mouth, nose, or rub their eyes—when concentrating on doing their job correctly.
This is where protective shields can help increase their safety. There are two kinds of protective shields that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to cashiers and other employees who work with the general public.
Perhaps the most commonly recognized form of personal protection are the face shields that surgeons wear while performing surgery. A clear PPE plastic shields the wearer from blood, saliva, and other bodily fluids while operating on a patient. Many other healthcare professionals, such as dentists, will use face shields while performing their work.
The surgical face shield is highly effective in blocking the virus from being inhaled by the wearer when working with an infected person who is in front of them. Unlike paper face masks and N-95 respirators, they’re highly durable and can be sanitized, washed, and re-used.
As the country starts to re-open, more and more stores will start to implement protective barriers to help keep their employees (and the general public) safe. An acrylic protective shield made out of ¼” clear extruded acrylic offers multiple benefits. Since it’s acrylic, it has the same see-through properties as glass, but at a fraction of the weight. If it should drop or topple over, it won’t shatter into a million little pieces.
They’re easy to assemble, and the handle at the top will allow for easy placement. A 17-1/2” by 13” in height hole cut into the bottom portion will allow the customer to pass cash, credit cards, and other items through. The hole is lower than face height and helps protect both employee and customer from mouth-level transmission.
In addition to retail cashiers, banks, and other businesses that offer professional services can benefit from a protective shield. It installs easily on any desk and will allow the bank employee to conduct transactions and provide services while maintaining a safe distance from the public.
Covid-19 Protective Shields In-Stock
At ReOpenSupplies.com, we offer a custom acrylic protective shield that can help keep workers and the general public safe. It’s lightweight, easy to transport, and provides an additional layer of security for everyone involved.
If your business is currently developing a “COVID-19 Re-opening Plan,” consider installing acrylic protective barriers throughout your business. They will provide both your employees and customers with peace of mind knowing that you’re doing all you can to look out for their safety.
If you’re looking for other products to help you and your family remain safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic, be sure to check out our online store.