Since the end of 2019, namely December 2019, the world we live in has been ravaged by the highly contagious coronavirus classified as COVID 19. COVID 19 has grown in prevalence to the extent that it has been classified as a pandemic of magnanimous proportions that has affected almost all countries globally.
The COVID 19 manifests by infecting hosts and making them experience fever, dry cough, tiredness, and severe symptoms, including difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, and loss of speech or movement. The virus is known to target the respiratory system of the individual primarily. It spreads through physical contact with a host of the virus or articles used by them. But current research has indicated that the virus is also being dispersed as respiratory droplets. Hence the risk of infection exists even without physical contact if one stands close to a host.
As a result, public commutation had been put on hold, and people worldwide were instructed by their governments to isolate themselves at their homes. Such a measure had been adopted to prevent the further dispersal of the coronavirus and to contain it. Hence, many occupational activities and recreation centres had been suspended. But such measures could not be maintained for a really long period of time.
Why Sneeze Guards?
Eventually, the world governments had to gradually recede lockdown impositions and allow public activities because these restrictions resulted in a significant dip in the global economy. Hence people started returning to everyday life, but the virus is still prevalent. Therefore, world governments decided to impose social distancing and other protective measures to conduct public activities. One such action was the use of Sneeze Guards.
Sneeze guards came into use in the 1950s at bars and restaurants to prevent the contamination of food. Eventually, sneeze guards were installed in prominent public offices such as banks, pharmacies, and embassies to protect public relations workers from infection as they meet people from all walks of life.
But today, sneeze guards are utilized in a wide variety of settings, from grocery stores to corporate offices.
Research has indicated that the virus can take up to 14 days to manifest symptoms inside a host; hence anyone has the probability of carrying the dormant virus within themselves.
Sneeze guards are a safety measure that protects every individual from being infected by others and, at the same time, protects others from being infected by the same individual. The sneeze guards are also known as ‘sneeze barriers’ as they watch the individual while they are within it. This helps prevent transmission of the virus, both by physical contact and respiratory droplets. In short, screen guards are a must for hygiene and safety.
Sneeze guards can be made of plexiglass, which consists of polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is scratch proof and easy to clean. Plus, it is more potent than regular glass and lightweight. Since both costs are practical and easy to maintain, plexiglass sneeze guards are adopted to help fight the COVID pandemic.
Hence, sneeze guards have become omnipresent in 2020. The COVID 19 pandemic has helped shed more attention and awareness towards the public health risks, and the sneeze guard is one of the various safety measures that have been widely adopted. The only positive aspect of the COVID 19 scenario is that even after it has been eradicated, sneeze guards will continue to exist, and pathogen outbreaks in the future will be much easier to control.