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COVID-19: Why We Need Transparency . . . in Face Coverings and PPEs

Smile like you mean it has always struck me as good advice — good song, too — but what’s the point if no one can see your pearly whites? That’s one of the problems with face coverings. It’s not a trifling matter — exchanging smiles is part of what makes us human and brings us together. For the deaf community, which relies on seeing our mouths form words to engage in communication, and those with special needs who may feel threatened or uncomfortable interacting with masked folks, the issue is far more acute. Transparent face masks, shields, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) remedy this problem while protecting us from being infected or infecting others with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In this slide show we highlight some designs, including one that was recently cleared by FDA, that make transparency a priority. And I would be remiss as editor of PlasticsToday if I didn’t note that the enabler of transparency and safety in most of these products is, yes, a plastic, often polycarbonate.

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