The use of face shields in schools does not meet the requirements of the state’s K-12 mask order, the Ohio Department of Health announced Saturday.
This announcement is in keeping with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“At this time, it is not known what level of protection a face shield provides to people nearby from the spray of respiratory droplets from the wearer,” the CDC states on its website. Since there is not currently enough evidence to support the effectiveness of face shields, the CDC does not recommend them as substitutes for masks.
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The Ohio K-12 order requires students to wear masks with exceptions for children:
- younger than 2,
- unable to remove the mask without assistance,
- with health issues,
- with autism or developmental delays or
- with a facial deformity that could cause an airway obstruction.
The ODH said in Saturday’s release that face shield may be an option for children that meet these exceptions.
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Ohio Department of Health: Face shield shouldn’t be worn as mask replacement in schools