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WARNING: Face Shields are not effective, says Minister

Health and Child Care Deputy Minister John Mangwiro has warned that people who are using face shields instead of face masks are actually in danger as it does not offer protection against COVID-19

Speaking during a Question and Answer Session in the Senate, Deputy Minister Mangwiro said shields are only used when people are working in areas where there are splashes but not for COVID-19 as is happening in the country.

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“I also want to thank the Honourable Member for the question. Face shield – I am sure you are referring to these long translucent or transparent things, glass or plastic-like that is placed on the forehead and covers the front of the face. It does not serve the same purpose like this mask.

“The mask I am putting on properly covers the nose and the mouth. That one is there for splashes; let us say a doctor is doing something or cleaning around. It shields against those splashes that might happen, so it does not play an equal role to this mask.

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“It helps to add on to the protection of health care givers while they are doing procedures where there might be splashes of fluids. There are stages and sessions where they are supposed to be used. Really, we do not encourage that they be used in place of the surgical masks like the one I am putting on.

“We normally use it when we are doing procedures in hospitals but moving around in the streets with it is not encouraged,” he said.

The Deputy Minister was responding to a question from Senator Sikhanyiswe Mpofu who wanted to know if the face shields offer the same protection as the face masks against COVID-19. Get all COVID-19 statistics for Zimbabwe from COVID-TRACKER

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is the news editor for OpenParlyZW an online platform that covers Parliament of Zimbabwe activities using social media (Twitter and Facebook). He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum and a board member of Digital Communication Network.

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