COVID Frequently Asked Questions

 We will update the information below as the situation changes. 

What about Face shields? Can I wear one of those?

The CDC notes:

  • A face shield is primarily for eye protection for the person who wears it. The CDC does not currently recommend use of face shields as a substitute for masks.
  • However, wearing a mask may not work for some people, e.g. people who are or deaf or hard of hearing—or those who interact with them.
    • Data shows the following face shields may provide better source control than others:
      • Face shields that wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face and extend below the chin.
      • Hooded face shields.
    • If you wear a face shield, you should wash your hands before and after removing it. Avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth when removing it.
    • Only wear disposable face shields one time. Dispose of them according to manufacturer instructions.
    • Clean and disinfect reusable face shields after each use according to manufacturer instructions or by following CDC face shield cleaning instructions.
    • The CDC does NOT recommend plastic face shields for newborns and infants.

At the time of posting, this information is current. Visit or the TRICARE FAQs for the most current COVID-19 information.

Last Updated 1/6/2021