The Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic has and will continue to recast and disrupt education, along with other parts of life, in the United States. With school scheduled to start in August, parents, students, teachers and staff will need to do what is possible to protect themselves and each other. This is why ‘Save The Girls’ now sells a full line of protective scarves, face shields, sparkle masks, printed masks, and K-95 masks, just in time for the start of school.
Full Face Shield With A Clever Name
The full-face shield from Save The Girls is named the ‘Bucket Hat’ because the plastic barrier is attached to the brim of a women’s hat. The clear plastic buffer drapes from the brim down over the chin of the wearer. “We want to make a fashion statement with everything we produce and sell,” said Save The Girls founder and president Tami Lange. “The face shields worn by medical professionals are functional, but not very attractive. Ours are both great additions to any women’s apparel and provide the needed buffer against aerosols, dust, dirt and other airborne health hazards.” The Save The Girls full facial shield also comes attached to a cap, providing the same facial protection as the bucket hat.
Soft Solution Scarves & Sparkle Masks
The ‘Soft Solution Scarf’ from Save The Girls, is a line of fashionable scarves added to the company’s popular line of touchscreen purses. These scarves can be worn as a face and neck covering for protection against weather or other wind-blown hazards. While in no way are these scarves intended for any type of medical use, they will help block airborne contamination like dirt, dust, pollen and certain types of animal dander. The Sparkle Masks and another collection of special printed masks from Save The Girls make it possible for anyone who wants or needs facial covering to have lots of choices.
School Will Be Different
The learning environment will not be the same as it was when classes ended in March 2020. There will be more remote learning as some parents choose to keep their children out of the classroom. Many districts will have increased and more visible sanitation of classrooms, buses, libraries, gyms and cafeterias. These are not the only changes. Some schools will stagger start times, rotate schedules and lengthen the school day. “There are so many things that we cannot control about the school or other places we send our children or ourselves,” Lange said. “But we can choose to observe social distancing, keep our hands away from our faces, wash those hands often and wear apparel that helps to shield them. Our protective gear is disguised as ‘fashion’ while delivering a layer or layers of protection to the wearer.”
Protection Gets A Grade
In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, the Center for Disease Control recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is an additional public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to (not instead of) social distancing, frequent hand cleaning and other everyday preventive actions.
A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer but may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. This would be especially important in the event that someone is infected but does not have symptoms. A cloth face covering should be worn whenever people must go into public settings (grocery stores, for example). Medical masks and N-95 respirators are reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
“The protection from cloth masks isn’t 0, and it’s definitely not 100, but the way to think about any of the masks and our overall approach is how do you put together all the pieces of the puzzle to give you a complete picture of minimizing the risk of transmission of COVID-19?” said Dr. Thomas Tsai, a surgeon and health policy researcher at Harvard’s School of Public Health. “Hand washing, wearing masks, and social distancing is part of it, but none of them alone. It’s how you put together these different tools to meet the task at hand. Wearing any mask is a very, very small price to pay to be safe and return to society.”Linsey Marr, an expert in airborne disease transmission at Virginia Tech, told PolitiFact that masks provide some protection, but the amount can vary widely depending on the type and how it’s worn. Masks reduce the amount of virus spread and also the amount one might inhale, she said. “It’s not true,” she said, “that cloth masks provide 0 percent protection. There have been measurements showing that homemade mask materials offer up to 80 percent protection,” Marr said, “which is much better than 0 percent, although not as good as an N95. Still, reducing the amount of virus that we inhale by 80 percent is better than nothing.”