Do you and your loved ones have face shields? Would you wear one if you did?
Face shields offer more effective protection against coronavirus than masks and should be worn by the public whenever they leave home, according to physician and epidemiologist Michael Edmond.
He believes the simple devices are more effective than masks at protecting the eyes, nose, and mouth from Covid-19 infection and praised efforts by architects and designers to manufacture the devices as “one of the silver linings of this pandemic”.
“I think every person should have a face shield,” Edmond told Dezeen. “It should be worn anytime they leave their home, while in any public place, and even at work.”
The Big (and FAST) Pivot
American ingenuity is on display today. Faced with a lethal pandemic that has already killed 85,000 Americans and many more across the globe, innovative solutions are needed and they’re needed right now.
Enter MediaBlink. After a resurgence in the media production space, MediaBlink was off to a roaring, award-winning start to 2020 defined by renewed momentum and business success. When the coronavirus pandemic disrupted business-as-usual, and the nation was faced with personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages across the country, MediaBlink re-purposed its production facilities to respond to the crisis.
The new MediaBlink-made FaceShield consists of a laminate protective lens, polypro webbing head strap, comfort padded neoprene forehead band, and is bound by a water-resistant binding tape. The lens is PET and globally recognized as a safe, lightweight, and flexible material that is also 100% recyclable.
“Manufacturing face shields came out of my desire to help, to be of service to our community because the PPE shortage was the top headline every day,” says Benny Burst, co-founder of MediaBlink. “I had an idea for the design and some material in-house, so I put the first prototype together with the help of two of our top production engineers. It was an instant hit with medical workers—everyone remarked on how comfortable and effective our shields were compared to what they had been wearing.”
The company is seeing increased sales of its new product each day and is also actively providing FaceShields to people in need. MediaBlink has donated over 18,000 shields already.
“We know face shields and their full-face protection will continue to be vital as more news surfaces about the transmission of COVID-19 through the eyes,” Burst added.
Support from ArtVersion
MediaBlink received help with the product launch from its Chicago-area agency, ArtVersion. ArtVersion provided graphic design, web design, UX design, and UI design.
This new work from ArtVersion complements its earlier work for MediaBlink’s website, which garnered three MUSE Creative Awards for Branding (gold), Business to Business (gold) and Best User Experience (silver).