Face Shield Versus Mask. The medical scientists tell us that, as long as your face is covered and goes below the chin, face shields are just as protective as masks. I have a real problem with cloth masks in the Florida heat, and many people have a problem with the claustrophobic effect. In addition, as I have written before, you can see the face and inflections. In my view, an impervious plastic surface is more protective than a cloth mask that allows small particles in and out. So, don’t hate me. I am probably more protected than you are.