FAQ2020-08-04T01:45:59-08:00

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes the Humanity Shield™ different from a face shield?2020-10-21T18:25:41-08:00

The Humanity Shield™ is much more than a “face shield.” The unique, patent pending design provides the respiratory droplet control of a mask, combined with the protection of a face shield.

Our Humanity Shield™ is a fully integrated design that uses a clear plastic shield, combined with a barrier cloth. It differs from “face shields” as the barrier cloth reduces the ability of aerosols to flow around the edge of the shield either in or out. This component provides the “source control” features that are currently being recommended by the CDC.

The Humanity Shield™ is a unique patent pending design and technology owned by Rapid Response PPE, LLC in Juneau, Alaska, USA.
What are the benefits of wearing the Humanity Shield™?2020-10-21T18:26:01-08:00
  • It acts as a barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from infecting others. This is the current recommendation from the CDC and the unique design of the Humanity Shield™ addresses the respiratory droplet control.
  • In the same way that it keeps droplets in, it will help keep droplets out, protecting the wearer.
  • Unlike masks, it protects the eyes from droplets and prevents accidently touching your face, transmitting contamination from your hands to the most at-risk parts of your face.
  • It is comfortable, easily cleaned, and fully reusable.
  • It allows people to fully see facial expressions and lip movements, so that others with hearing impairments can communicate effectively with the wearer.
The Humanity Shieldis a unique patent pending design and technology owned by Rapid Response PPE, LLC in Juneau, Alaska, USA.
Is the Humanity Shield™ reusable?2020-10-21T18:24:12-08:00

Absolutely. With reasonable care, our products are designed to be reused indefinitely. The materials were selected specifically to stand up to soaps, chemical disinfectants, and UV disinfection. Even the SolarFix® thread was selected because of its ability to withstand UV or chemical exposure.

The Humanity Shield™ is a unique patent pending design and technology owned by Rapid Response PPE, LLC in Juneau, Alaska, USA.
What is the Humanity Shield™ made out of?2020-10-21T18:27:49-08:00

The Humanity Shield™ is made from high-quality components, all sourced in the USA, including:

  • A shield consisting of food grade, FDA-approved clear PETG plastic.
  • Barrier cloth fabricated from medical-grade, nonwoven, spunbond, Nylon 6,6 or an equivalent nonwoven, spunbond polypropylene fabric.
  • Foam spacer cut from soft, high quality, CLOSED cell, EVA foam.
  • Head strap consisting of Velcro direct from YKK. Unlike elastic, our design is fully adjustable and never loses elasticity.
  • SolarFix® PTFE thread which is guaranteed not to lose any significant strength due to UV or chemical exposure.
The Humanity Shield™ is a unique patent pending design and technology owned by Rapid Response PPE, LLC in Juneau, Alaska, USA.
What is the difference between the sizes?2020-10-21T18:29:59-08:00

Our product fits is designed to fit all facial structures and head sizes. The Humanity Shield™ comes in child and adult sizes.

  • The adult size will fit a head circumference from 20″-30″ (or hat sizes from 6¼ to 8+).
  • The child size will fit a head circumference from 16″-24″ (or hat sizes 6 to 7⅝).We recommend the child size for any children under the age of 8.
Is the cloth barrier removable?2020-10-21T18:31:03-08:00

The barrier cloth is fully integrated with the shield portion and is not removable. We selected materials that will allow for washing and disinfection as a complete unit. The fabric was specifically selected because:

  • It is strong and won’t tear from the stitching on the shield.
  • It can be washed and disinfected regularly.
  • It can withstand high and low temperatures without damage.
How do I wash the Humanity Shield™?2020-10-21T18:40:18-08:00

The entire Humanity Shield™ can be easily washed with soap and hot water, then left out to dry. The barrier cloth is quick-drying and durable. You can also re-sanitize the cloth barrier portion throughout the day by spritzing the shroud with liquid hand sanitizer spray, if desired.

The Humanity Shield™ is a unique patent pending design and technology owned by Rapid Response PPE, LLC in Juneau, Alaska, USA.
Will the Humanity Shield™ interfere with my glasses?2020-10-21T18:32:12-08:00

No. The sizing of the foam spacer was specifically selected to provide an adequate gap between face and shield so that you can wear glasses without interference. As you can see on the female model of the Humanity Shield™, wearers can easily don their glasses behind the Humanity Shield™. Additionally, wearing the shield will not cause your glasses to fog.

The Humanity Shield™ is a unique patent pending design and technology owned by Rapid Response PPE, LLC in Juneau, Alaska, USA.
Will the Humanity Shield™ fog?2020-10-21T18:32:57-08:00

When first donning your Humanity Shield™ or moving from a warm, humid space into a cold one, you may experience some short-term fogging. Once settled into a consistent environment, the shield clears. If you experience excessive fogging, we recommend using a tissue or microfiber cloth to buff a small drop of liquid dish soap, gel hand sanitizer, or baby shampoo on the inside of the shield. Many wearers wear the shield for 12+ hours per day, without a need to reapply anti-fog agents to the inside of the PETG plastic portion.

Additionally, unlike masks, wearing the Humanity Shield™ with eyeglasses will not cause the glasses to fog.

Will the Humanity Shield™ guarantee to keep me safe?2020-10-21T18:34:48-08:00

The current CDC guidance calls for “source control.” This means that people are to wear face coverings that “help prevent respiratory droplets from travelling into the air and onto other people.” Most state and local entities reference the current CDC guidance on face coverings. Unlike a standard face shield, The Humanity Shield™, with its integral barrier cloth, specifically meets the CDC recommendations and helps reduce transmission of respiratory droplets.

In addition to protecting others, the Humanity Shield™ also protects the wearer. The clear plastic shield provides an impenetrable barrier to droplets that would land on the sensitive nose and mouth areas, plus provides protection for the eyes (which is another known method of virus transmission).

The integrated barrier cloth wraps around the sides of a wearer’s face and below the chin, helping to prevent respiratory droplets from traveling around the edges of the shield. Between the ability of the fabric to entrap particles and the longer travel path, the Humanity Shield™ helps prevent small aerosols from getting deep into the respiratory tract, which is a key concern of epidemiologists.

Considering the current recommendations for cloth masks (without any standards) and an imprecise knowledge of how Covid-19 transmission works, scientists have not developed any PPE that provides any type of guarantee. However, the design of the Humanity Shield™ incorporates specific considerations that maximize the effectiveness against transmission, while providing a level of comfort that encourages keeping the PPE in place. We feel that it is the best tool available in the fight to protect ourselves, friends, and family. That’s why we make them and why we wear them.

The Humanity Shield™ is a unique patent pending design and technology owned by Rapid Response PPE, LLC in Juneau, Alaska, USA.
Who makes your products?2020-10-21T18:35:26-08:00

The Humanity Shield™ is manufactured exclusively in the USA, at three key locations. Our flagship manufacturing facility is in Juneau, Alaska and we have two other manufacturing locations in Bellingham, Washington and Garden Grove, California. The materials used in the manufacturing of our products are sourced from within the United States, providing consistent quality and ensuring jobs for Americans around the country.

How do you ship?2020-10-21T18:36:07-08:00

Our Humanity Shields™ are typically shipped using 3-day priority shipping. Bulk and rush orders can be shipped via other means, by contacting us when ordering. When shipped, an email with tracking information will be sent out. You can learn more on our shipping page.

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