How can I make a face shield or similar for health care workers?

Face shields or goggles provide eye protection against transmission of coronaviruses in bodily fluids or respiratory droplets (World Health Organization, 2020).

Face shields or goggles provide eye protection against transmission of coronaviruses in bodily fluids or respiratory droplets.

They are necessary for procedures where respiratory secretions may be aerosolized like intubation, but can also be used for all patients in areas where COVID-19 is spreading rapidly. They are also used to protect short-supply N95 respirators or FFPs from getting soiled–rather than wearing a cloth face cover or medical/surgical mask over the N95, healthcare workers can protect it from getting dirty with the face shield. This provides similar protection but does not reduce air passage through the mask. However, like other types of PPE, they are also in short supply everywhere. You can make face shields at home from simple materials. You can wash the face shield with hot, soapy water or sanitize with disinfecting solution. Replace your face shield if it becomes cloudy and hard to see through.

Many ideas about how to make face shields have appeared online of various degrees of reliability, usefulness, and practicality. Our team is looking at those online resources and has found a few that we feel are the most reliable and practical. Other online resources we found are also listed below.


The face shield must cover the eyes and have no sharp edges. Discard when elastic is too loose or visibility is obscured.


These are the TOP resources that our team found

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Sources Searched: WHO research database, Google, YouTube

Search Terms: face shield OR goggles OR eye protection AND covid OR coronavirus

Research on coronavirus and COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. This page reflects evidence collected up to May 29, 2020.


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