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Philippines’ face shield policy vs other countries without such

People wear face masksProtection against the coronavirus (COVID-19): Queue outside a government office in Caloocan City Metro Manila, Philippines, February 1, 2021. (Reuters/Lisa Marie David)

The Philippines’ protocol to wear face shieldsThis was compared with other countries that do better in controlling the pandemic. face shieldRequirement

This was the topic of discussion among social media users in light of recent high temperatures outdoors.

Last Sunday, one Reddit user shared a screenshot of a tweet on  frustrations about wearing face shieldsOutside in the sky-high heat

The tweet read: “I wear an N95 or a KF 94 mask all the time even if I’m fully vaccinated but can we please stop wearing face shields in public, Philippines? It’s 40°C outside.”

Reddit user meanwhile said: “Nobody likes wearing face shields. Stop making us wear that piece of plastic in our face.”

Others in the discussion also agreed with this view, stating that Filipinos wear them only for compliance, while others make a profit.

“People only wear it out of sheer compliance and after passing the security who would check them for wearing faceshields, they would just remove it or wear it improperly (nagiging headband na ang face shields),”One user said.

“Well, face shields are products that earn money nowadays. Break that business, you get angry businessmen on your case,”Another user wrote.

A week ago, a Reddit user shared screenshots of a tweet from Gideon Lasco, a columnist who claimed that countries have managed to control the crisis without having to. face shields.

“What do all countries that have controlled COVID have in common? They never required face shields,”Lasco stated.

“It’s time to end the Philippines’ baseless, inconvenient, and environmentally-harmful face shield mandate, especially in outdoor spaces where there’s zero evidence of its benefit,”He concluded.

Reddit user: “Face shields are mandated not to protect, but to profit.”

Lasco was also mentioned in the discussion section. Others who agreed with him also said that countries that have fared better in the pandemic had a quicker response last year than the Philippines. This was attributed to travel ban announcements.

“Hindi nila kinailangan kasi maayos na covid response. dito satin travel ban lang di pa ginawa agad,”One user said.

Other users, meanwhile, countered the doctor and argued that these countries fared better because of their effective health-oriented strategies, contrary to the Philippine government’s response efforts.

“Lasco is wrong: the countries that managed to control COVID managed to control COVID with measures and policies that are so radically different from our strategy that ‘they did not mandate face shields’ is a coincidence,’”One user said.

“Also, our country especially Metro manila has one of the highest population densities in the whole world, so you are always likely to bump into people and be in places where there would be a lot of respiratory droplets,”Another user wrote.

Last December was the month when the Palace and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Virus Diseases required Filipinos wear a sleeveless dress. face shieldsTheir face masksOutside their homes at any time

After studies showing that COVID-19 can transmit through the air, some Filipinos are concerned and suggest proper ventilation for indoor spaces. face shieldPolicy

Daniel McQuillen was vice president of Infectious Diseases Society of America and an infectious disease physician at Beth Israel Lahey Health in Boston. He spoke out last June. face shieldsBlock droplets, which are larger particles than aerosols, drop to the ground due to gravity.

“If someone coughs and it catches your eyes, you are going to get the infection,”McQuillen was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article.

In October, the Ministry for Health of France also said plastic visors or face shieldNot conform to the requirements for obligatory maskWearing.

It issued a fine on individuals who were wearing a face shield instead of a mask.

“These objects cannot, in any case, be considered as protective equipment for the person wearing them, or for the people they come into contact with,”Agence France-Presse quotes the ministry as saying.

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