Today, the COVID pandemic has ravaged the world and has left many people in fear of being at risk of contracting the virus. The virus is spreading faster than ever, and much of its effects remain a mystery even till date. Hence, it is essential to take up protective and preventive measures against the spread of the virus. Thanks to the pandemic, humankind is more concerned than ever of public sanitation and his hygiene. As a result, there has been a massive demand for sanitary products. One such sanitary product is the sneeze guard.

What is a Sneeze Guard?

Sneeze guards are barriers that help prevent airborne viral infection in public spaces. It is primarily used in restaurants, banks and offices; places that tend to get many visitors. The importance of sneeze guards is to protect the individual or object from respiratory droplets dispersed when one coughs, sneezes or even talks.

Things to know before investing in sneeze guards

Sneeze guards are the need of the hour and will continue to be beneficial even after the COVID Pandemic has passed on. But before you install sneeze guards, here are some things that you need to consider:

1) Material Preference

Sneeze guards are available in 6 different types of materials: acrylic, polycarbonate, PET felt, laminate, whiteboard and HDPE. But of the 6, the most effective (in terms of both cost and performance) are acrylic, polycarbonate and PET felt. In terms of performance, the PET felt (Polyethylene terephthalate) is more efficient than the others, but it is also the most expensive. In contrast, acrylic is the cheapest and offers more benefits than polycarbonate.


2) Where and how to use sneeze guards

Before one chooses to install a sneeze guard, it is essential to understand where one aims to install it and its purpose. Whether they plan to install it in a shop, restaurant, bank or office? Whether they plan to use it only at the reception desk or to divide workstations?


3) Size

In order to decide what size of sneeze guards to purchase, it is essential to ask yourself for what purpose you intend to use it and where. Based on this basic information, one can determine the best size of the sneeze guard to purchase. While sneeze guards generally come in standard sizes, some manufacturers offer customization options.

4) Placement

If the sneeze guard needs to be attached to a desk, one can go for free-standing, surface or clamp mounts. If one plans to secure a sneeze guard on top of an existing cubicle wall, one can choose a surface mount. If you do not wish to attach the mount directly on a surface, you can go for a hanging mount.


5) Final Finishing

If you wish to purchase a more transparent sneeze guard, go for acrylic or PET felt panels. What’s more? They are also available in a variety of colour choices.