Aug 31, 2020
In June I had a live shoot in a small-ish apartment in Brooklyn. I had my crew wear face shields in addition to N95 masks. While we were live, I stood eight feet to the side of the set while talent spoke directly to camera. Despite where I placed myself, the shield had many spittle splatters by the time the shoot ended. According to virologist Joseph Fair, PhD, an NBC News contributor, the virus can "be transmitted through the tear ducts that connect the eyes to the nasal cavity and subsequently infect the respiratory cells." At the time I felt I was going a bit overboard with the shields, but experience proves that this precaution as well as distance are no joke when protecting crew and talent.