Dr Chris Brown from The Project Interviews professor Mary-Louise McLaws. About all first responders must wear face shields.

Dr Chris Brown  
Now saying a lot of essential workers like doctors, nurses and even police become infected, are we doing enough to protect them?

Professor Marylouise McLaws  
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says in its guidelines on the fifth of June, that where prevalence of infection is high in those catchment areas for hospitals, every healthcare worker should wear a surgical grade mask in any clinical setting regardless of whether they’re expecting a COVID patient. Now for police, for example, and similar essential services, they need to wear a face shield so people can see them talking. Because communication is important for them as well as healthcare workers, but they’re more used to speaking through masks and face shields do provide a good level of protection for people like the police. So yes, they now need to start wearing them wherever they work. Both healthcare workers in hospitals and in aged care facilities and particularly those that work across different facilities. They have to wear a face shield or a face mask. No exceptions.

Dr Chris Brown  
Should we all just be wearing shields and masks? I mean, we know that it spreads direct person to person. So shouldn’t we all just be wearing them to try and ward this off anyway?

Professor Marylouise McLaws  
I would suggest everybody has to wear them in public transport, in lifts, in planes, in airports. And I perhaps like to suggest that you should wear at least a face shield if you go into the football because it would be very hard to shout through the mask and you would potentially reduce the efficacy of the mask getting wet, but I’d like to see them wear a face shield.