When the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, lots of things changed. People started shopping online more, cleaning products flew off the shelves, and tons of people switched to working from home. When the world started to reopen, even more had changed. Most people now opt for a face mask in public and are more aware than ever of the need to wash their hands. It seems every store has acrylic sneeze guards set up to protect their employees, but not all of them look alike. There are tons of different types of sneeze guards, and each one serves a unique purpose.
These sneeze guards are perhaps the most visible in society. They adorn almost every counter that houses a cash register or attendant as a way to protect that employee from being infected by a customer. They don’t protect just against sneezes though; they help to minimize the amount of droplets someone on the other side can inhale. This means it’s helpful in situations such as sneezing, coughing, or even breathing. These countertop models are typically a plastic or glass screen that stand in a mount and cover an area from the counter into the air, usually about three feet. Some have holes in the bottom to allow products to passed back and forth, and other have doors for this same purpose.
There are a couple of different types of dividers, both similar to the countertop option. One is a safety partition, also called a room divider. This divider extends from the floor to above the head of an average height person. It helps to section off rooms or act as clear partitions in case someone needs to separate possibly ill people from well ones, such as in urgent care or testing facility. Another type of divider is a table divider, which is exactly what it sounds like. Some restaurants have added table dividers to their dining rooms to keep people at neighboring tables safe. This method helps to keep the spread of a virus indoors to a minimum as people remove their masks to eat or converse with their party. There are even dividers for computer workspaces in an office. If employees are working in the same space or at the same table, there are dividers that can be implemented between each workspace so each employee has the safety they need from their coworkers.