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Polar Face Shield Quick Facts :

• Canadian Made
• Same Day Overnight Shipping In Canada and the US
• Health Canada Certified – Class 1 Medical Device
• Food Grade Plastic – Ideal for sensitive skin
• 100% Sterilizable

Product Information

Polar Face Shields are made by Polar Magnetics Inc. at our facility located in Toronto, Canada. For over 25 years Polar Magnetics Inc. has been developing innovative products for the travel and tourism industry. 

Polar Face Shields are made from premium, food grade plastics. Our rigid plastics can withstand daily cleaning and usage. We estimate that with proper care, you can use your Polar Face Shield for up to 6 months – daily wear.

All materials used in the production of the Polar face shield are sourced either in Canada or the United States from our extensive pool of trusted suppliers. We use food grade plastics for all the components of the Shield.

Each face shields is FLAT shipped,  individually wrapped and includes instructions on assembly and cleaning.

Yes, a face shield is excellent protection from the COVID-19 virus. In addition the CDC and Health Canada recommend wearing a Face Mask for some front line employees.

Polar Face Shield is certified by Health Canada as a Class 1 Medical Device – MDEL UM-SA-40072

From the Journal of the American Medical Association

On March 19, 2020, California became the first state to issue a stay-at-home order in response to the evolving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. It was quickly recognized that widespread diagnostic testing with contact tracing, used successfully in countries such as South Korea and Singapore, would not be available in time to significantly contain the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).1,2 Over the following month, additional nonpharmaceutical mitigation strategies, including school closures, bans on large in-person gatherings, and partial closures of restaurants and retail stores, were applied to “flatten the epidemic curve” and limit the peak effects of a surge of patients on health care systems. Yet, even as the benefits of mitigation bundles have not fully been realized, there are widespread calls to reopen businesses, given the immense economic and social consequences of extreme physical distancing strategies.

Recently, public health, infectious disease, and policy experts have outlined recommendations for gradually reopening society using combinations of containment and mitigation strategies.3,4 Proposed containment strategies have followed the South Korean model and include rapidly expanding public health infrastructure for widespread testing and data-driven contact tracing, while ensuring that safe medical care is delivered by health care workers wearing adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as N95 respirators, medical masks, eye protection, gowns, and gloves. However, there is growing recognition that containment strategies that rely on testing will be inadequate because the necessary testing capacity may not be available for weeks to months, and in the US the ability to track, trace, and quarantine is unclear. In addition, countries where testing was not limited and containment was achieved, eg, Singapore, have seen substantial second waves of infection and mandated extreme distancing interventions that the US and other countries are trying to scale back.

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has included societal use of PPE, such as masks and face shields, in its recommendations for easing restrictions.4 Experience and evidence, even during this pandemic, suggest that health care workers rarely acquire infections during patient care when proper PPE is used and that most of their infections are acquired in the community where PPE is typically not worn.5 Thus, it becomes important to know if practice from occupational safety can be used in the community as a bridge to longer-lasting measures, such as vaccines. Could a simple and affordable face shield, if universally adopted, provide enough added protection when added to testing, contact tracing, and hand hygiene to reduce transmissibility below a critical threshold?

 

COVID-19 Transmission in the Community

The mode of transmission of respiratory viruses has long been a subject of debate. Evidence to date suggests that SARS-CoV-2 is spread like other respiratory viruses: by infectious droplets emitted in close proximity (ie, within 6 feet) to the eyes, nose, or mouth of a susceptible person, or by direct contact with those droplets (eg, touching a contaminated surface and then touching the eyes, nose, or mouth).6 Although droplet vs airborne transmission is likely to be a continuum, with smaller droplets able to be propelled further than 3 to 6 feet and remaining airborne longer after certain respiratory emissions,7 the implications of limited aerosol spread are most important in health care settings after aerosol-generating procedures, such as open suctioning of airways and endotracheal intubation or extubation.

Contact investigations for SARS-CoV-2 have confirmed community transmission rates that are consistent with droplet and contact spread (household attack rates of 10%, health care and community attack rates of <1%, and R0 [the effective reproduction number, or average number of new infections caused by an infected individual during their infection] of 2-3),5 and much different than for airborne viral pathogens, such as varicella zoster virus or measles (household attack rates of 85%-90% and R0 of 10-18).

This implies that simple and easy-to-use barriers to respiratory droplets, along with hand hygiene and avoidance of touching the face, could help prevent community transmission when physical distancing and stay-at-home measures are relaxed or no longer possible. The 2 major options for such barriers are face masks and face shields.

Face Masks and Face Shields

The supply chain for medical masks is concentrated in China and the origin of the outbreak there resulted in factory closures and critical shortages. To preserve medical masks for health care facilities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that all persons wear a cloth mask in public for source control. Cloth masks have been shown to be less effective than medical masks for prevention of communicable respiratory illnesses,8 although in vitro testing suggests that cloth masks provide some filtration of virus-sized aerosol particles.9 Face shields may provide a better option.

Face shields come in various forms, but all provide a clear plastic barrier that covers the face. For optimal protection, the shield should extend below the chin anteriorly, to the ears laterally, and there should be no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield’s headpiece. Face shields require no special materials for fabrication and production lines can be repurposed fairly rapidly. Numerous companies, including Apple, Nike, GM, and John Deere, have all started producing face shields. These shields can be made from materials found in craft or office supply stores. Thus, availability of face shields is currently greater than that of medical masks.

Face shields offer a number of advantages. While medical masks have limited durability and little potential for reprocessing, face shields can be reused indefinitely and are easily cleaned with soap and water, or common household disinfectants. They are comfortable to wear, protect the portals of viral entry, and reduce the potential for autoinoculation by preventing the wearer from touching their face. People wearing medical masks often have to remove them to communicate with others around them; this is not necessary with face shields. The use of a face shield is also a reminder to maintain social distancing, but allows visibility of facial expressions and lip movements for speech perception.

Most important, face shields appear to significantly reduce the amount of inhalation exposure to influenza virus, another droplet-spread respiratory virus. In a simulation study, face shields were shown to reduce immediate viral exposure by 96% when worn by a simulated health care worker within 18 inches of a cough.10 Even after 30 minutes, the protective effect exceeded 80% and face shields blocked 68% of small particle aerosols,10 which are not thought to be a dominant mode of transmission of SARS-CoV-2. When the study was repeated at the currently recommended physical distancing distance of 6 feet, face shields reduced inhaled virus by 92%,10 similar to distancing alone, which reinforces the importance of physical distancing in preventing viral respiratory infections. Of note, no studies have evaluated the effects or potential benefits of face shields on source control, ie, containing a sneeze or cough, when worn by asymptomatic or symptomatic infected persons. However, with efficacy ranges of 68% to 96% for a single face shield, it is likely that adding source control would only improve efficacy, and studies should be completed quickly to evaluate this.

Major policy recommendations should be evaluated using clinical studies. However, it is unlikely that a randomized trial of face shields could be completed in time to verify efficacy. No clinical trial has been conducted to assess the efficacy of widespread testing and contact tracing, but that approach is based on years of experience. Taken as a bundle, the effectiveness of adding face shields as a community intervention to the currently proposed containment strategies should be evaluated using existing mathematical models. The implicit goal of face shields alone or in combination with other interventions should be to interrupt transmission by reducing the R0 to less than 1. Notably, effective control of even the most infectious pathogens, such as measles, does not require a vaccine with 100% efficacy. No burden of 100% efficacy should be placed on face shields or any containment policy because this level of control is both impossible to achieve and unnecessary to drive SARS-CoV-2 infection levels into a manageable range.

Conclusions

The COVID-19 pandemic arrived swiftly and found many countries unprepared. Even highly prepared countries are now facing second-wave outbreaks that have forced implementation of extreme social distancing measures. To minimize the medical and economic consequences, it is important to rapidly assess and adopt a containment intervention bundle that drives transmissibility to manageable levels. Face shields, which can be quickly and affordably produced and distributed, should be included as part of strategies to safely and significantly reduce transmission in the community setting. Now is the time for adoption of this practical intervention.

Link : jamanetwork.com

Sales & Shipping

We ship across Canada and the United States – Including Alaska. International order can also be accommodated – Contact us for with your requirements.

We ship directly from our production facility in North Toronto. Typically we can have your products sent overnight – anywhere in Canada / Continental United States. Orders received by 12 noon – Monday to Friday – are shipped the same day.

You may contact Us 3 ways :

1. Directly through the form on the site
2. Call us at – 416-801-2121 – WE would love to hear from you.
3. Email us with your enquiry at :
sales@polarfaceshield.com

 

Once your order has been placed, we will confirm total cost including shipping.

We will contact you by phone to collect shipping details and request a credit card number to complete the transaction.

Once your payment has been processed, we will ship your product via UPS and send you tracking information.

We accept MasterCard and Visa.

We offer volume discounts as well as reduced pricing for select organizations, including :
• Medical Facilities
• First Responders
• Long Term Care Facilities
• Rehabilitation

Please contact us directly for volume pricing and special discounts.

Additional Face Shield Details

Face Shields are well suited to offer full facial coverage and help prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 pathogen. In addition to a face mask – face shields can provide an additional barrier of protection.

“Face shields have been shown to significantly reduce viral exposure when worn within 18 inches of a cough, and at the currently recommended 6 feet of social distancing”

Journal of the American Medical Association

The face shields will not fog up under normal use as we apply an ANTI-Fog coating to both sides of the Clear portion of the shield.  Working in an environment where you are entering and exiting a cold environment, you may experience similar issues to wearing eyeglasses. If this occurs just wipe down the face shield with a dry cloth.

All materials used in the production of the Polar face shield are sourced either in Canada or the United States from our extensive pool of trusted suppliers. We use food grade plastics for all the components of the Shield.

Yes – We sell both the clear portion of the shield as well as the arms. You may buy replacement face shield components from Polar Face Shields. Please contact us directly to place an order.

Polar Face Shield is manufactured in Toronto,  Canada, from materials made in North America.

Curbside Pick-up available on request
- please contact us by phone -

800 Flint Rd. Toronto, ON, M3J-2J5

416-801-2121
Toll Free : 1- 800-813-6665

Need more information about Polar Face Shield please email :
info@polarfaceshield.com