Who would have thought there would be so many different options for covering our faces in 2020? Actually, who would have thought we would even need face protection in 2020? Not many of us could have dreamed up what 2020 had in store for us but due to COVID-19, face covering protection is our new reality to staying safe.

We have all seen the news that the best ways to stay safe are by wearing a mask out in public. Whether it is a proper N95 mask or a cloth mask, the masks helps stop air particles coming from those infected with COVID-19 from entering your body and infecting you and also stops you from infecting others. However, there are now face shields rising in popularity over a mask to protect ourselves. So now the question is... which one is safer to wear?

According to a Dr. Edwards at Harvard University, the best way to protect yourself is to wear both a face shield and a mask. Dr. Edwards informed PEOPLE that are effective in protecting someone from large air particles entering their system but because it does not completely cover the face and is open at the bottom, smaller particles are still able to enter your system. However, by wearing a mask and shield you would be safer.

What if you don't want to wear both? Which one is safer to use? Dr. Edwards says that he would chose a surgical mask over a shield as it is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Find out more about the different masks and shields and how best they protect you here.