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Replacing face shields with goggles would be wasteful, says health expert


Replacing face shields with goggles may be a waste of time due to the lack of evidence that they can provide effective protection against COVID-19, according to a health reform advocate on Monday.

Dr. Tony Leachon, a former adviser to the National Task Force Against COVID-19, advised against mandating the use of goggles rather than foregoing face shields entirely. According to Leachon, if the plan is implemented, the situation will appear to remain unchanged.

“Siguro, aksaya na rin ‘yun,” said Leachon on One PH’s ‘Wag Po. “Kung ‘yung face shield ayaw natin, bakit pa tayo magga-goggles? Sinisira na natin ‘yung scientific explanation for this virus na ang daan talaga mainly is through the nose and mouth.”

The Department of Health (DOH) announced on Monday that experts are considering using goggles instead of face shields. However, Maria Rosario Vergeire, a DOH undersecretary, stressed that this is just one of the options being considered.

“Primarily, kaya natin minandate na ang face shields ay gamitin is for us to protect our eyes because there are evidence stating na COVID-19 can also penetrate ang eyes natin at puwede tayong maimpeksyon,” said Vergeire in a press briefing.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has begun a review of the mandatory use of face shields now that the country’s infection rate has returned to its pre-Delta variant surge level.

Despite the lack of a final directive, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has already repealed the policy in his jurisdiction. Other mayors in Metro Manila agreed to restrict the use of face shields in hospitals and public transportation vehicles, but they will wait for the IATF’s decision before acting.

Moreno’s order is “null and void,” according to presidential spokesman Harry Roque, because the IATF should have the final say. Moreno, on the other hand, took a shot at Roque.

“We, the local government unit and all other elected officials, have a responsibility to take care of our people. Kami ang binoto ng mga tao. Sila, inupo lang ng mga kung sino,” said Moreno.

Expert opinion on the use of face shields, according to Leachon, should be heeded by government officials, who should limit their use to crowded spaces, hospitals, and other select settings. He believes the World Health Organization would have recommended face shields if they were truly effective.

According to Leachon, health officials should consider the cost-benefit analysis when weighing policy options. He also compared face shields to vitamins, which people consume despite the fact that they have no therapeutic value and have little to no effect on the body.

“We might be leaning on something we don’t use,” said Leachon. “Ganito rin ang nangyayari sa face shield. Maaaring meron kang pag-aaral pero the global agencies think na ‘di siya cost effective and kakaunti ang power of science here to protect us.”
'AKSAYA RIN’ | Replacing face shields with goggles would be wasteful, says health expert|news5

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