LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- When the pandemic first started, plexiglass shields were recommended to help stop the spread of COVID-19, but experts say that’s no longer the case.
“Initially when we learned about COVID we thought we were dealing with a plain and simple droplet-based diseases and with those diseases, a plexiglass in place can reduce transmission if you’re interacting with someone,” Dr. Britni Hebert, a medical doctor based in Lafayette, said.
According to Dr. Hebert, the research found that the glass itself doesn’t help slow the spread or protect against the coronavirus.
“COVID can sometimes behave as an aerosol disease. Once a disease can spread via the smaller particles can kind of float in the air until they can get around things. Plexiglass is no longer going to protect you,” she said.
The best way to be protected behind plexiglass is by wearing a mask.
“Mask remains the only way to protect that shared aired. So, making sure that people know that the mask mandate is expected in a business is the best way to keep all patrons of that business safe,” she said.
Dr. Hebert stated that face shields also don’t help protect against the virus. They were only advised to be worn along with a mask to protect exposure to the eyes.
“Delta and COVID love gaps. They love gaps around plexiglass, they love gaps around masks, so remove those gaps as much as you want or accept that you’re going to get exposed to delta and roll the dice with that disease. It’s not a disease you want to play around with,” she said.
The statewide mask mandate is in place until at least September 1.