Many people find wearing a mask difficult or distressing. Governments advise that if you can”t wear a mask you should go without and possibly carry a card self certifying you are exempt.
Doctors and Scientists say there’s no medical reason for people to be unable to wear a mask but the fact remains that a huge number of us struggle to cope and would definitely like to wear a mask if possible.
Rather than encourage vulnerable people to forego the protection a mask can offer, or tell them not to worry because the science says you’ll be fine wearing a mask it seems more logical to find an acceptable solution.
ClearShield is a light, comfortable, easy breathing face shield that anyone can wear and offers better protection than the popular blue 3 ply disposable mask as well as being reusable and recyclable.
For higher risk situations it’s possible to wear a disposable or cloth mask over ClearShield for double protection without losing the important easy breathing benefits.
Medical advice for anyone who can”t wear a mask but wants to that they should use some kind of rigid mask that’s held away from the mouth and nose, as soon as it becomes damp and sweaty it should be replaced or washed.
On their own, disposable or cloth masks don’t meet this recommendation but wearing ClearShield underneath gives them this rigid structure keeping the fabric away from the skin and a solid shield that prevents exhaled breath from contaminating the mask. See our post on wearing a fabric or cloth mask over ClearShield
ClearShield works really well if you have any of these breathing difficulties and can”t wear a mask
Sufferers of Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema, Cystic Fibrosis/Bronchiectasis, and Pleural Effusion have all found ClearShield to be a great help.
It’s also a good solution if you have any of these issues
Autism: Some people with autism spectrum disorders find covering the nose and mouth with fabric can cause sensory overload, feelings of panic, and extreme anxiety
Physical disability: Some people with a disability can find wearing a mask difficult if they cannot remove it from their face without help. For example, someone with cerebral palsy may not be able to tie the strings or put the elastic loops of a face mask over their ears, due to limited mobility
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, severe anxiety or claustrophobia: People with these conditions can find wearing a mask terrifying and may not be able to stay calm or function while wearing one
Hearing Impairment: People who are deaf or hard of hearing, or those who care for or interact with someone who is hearing-impaired, rely on lipreading to communicate. Wearing a clear shield is essential in this case.
Acne: now known as mask induced Acne or Mascne. Sweaty material rubbing on sensitive skin cause sever acne and other skin damage in a growing number of people. It’s extremely hard to treat as long as you have to wear an mask. This is already being recognized as a serious problem in many countries
ClearShield provides affordable, environmentally friendly protection for anyone who would otherwise have to go mask free.