September 1, 2020


Businesses across the country are taking measures to help prevent and protect against the spread of the coronavirus by installing sneeze guards. Due to the nature of some businesses, practicing social distancing can be a challenge, so sneeze guards have become an effective way to protect employees and customers from spreading the airborne virus. 


According to the CDC, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a contagious respiratory illness that has not been previously identified. Anyone can experience mild to severe symptoms, but older adults with severe underlying medical conditions are at the highest risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19. The virus is thought to spread between people through respiratory droplets after an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. The droplets are inhaled by other people in close proximity, and they become infected as a result of their nose or mouth coming into contact with the virus. The CDC also states that COVID-19 is more likely to spread in close contact environments when people are less than six feet apart. 

To protect against COVID-19, the CDC published How to Protect Yourself & Others on their website. Since it is thought to be an airborne virus, their first recommendation is to avoid exposure to the virus completely. They also suggest frequent hand washing, social distancing (at a minimum, remaining at least six feet apart), covering your mouth and nose with a mask when around other people, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, clean and disinfect high traffic surfaces, and monitor your health each day.


In addition to these recommendations, the CDC has also published Public Health Activity Guidance. Within the guidance, the CDC recommends configuring partitions for social distancing and physical barriers such as sneeze guards. Sneeze guards are typically a clear piece of glass or plastic placed in-between areas where transactions occur. These barriers are designed to help minimize the transmission of respiratory illnesses by shielding against infected respiratory droplets when a person coughs, sneezes, or talks. By installing sneeze guards, employees and customers have added protection while conducting business, and the chances of contracting a virus are minimized.


Currently, Glass Inc. is retrofitting its custom glass and aluminum railing systems to fabricate sneeze guards. Their sneeze guards are custom-made in Atlanta, GA and combine the highest quality components.

Their product begins with precise measurements. Once your counter or desk measurements are taken, the glass shop then identifies the appropriate mounting points for the aluminum frame. The sturdy frame is securely attached to the mounting surface and is extremely durable. Additionally, the aluminum frame has a variety of customizable options so it can blend in with the aesthetic design of your office or business.  

Clear plastic sheets are commonly used for sneeze guards but the acrylic material scratches very easily, and maintaining it can be a challenge since it requires specific cleaning cloths and chemicals. With that in mind, Glass Inc. uses tempered glass because of its scratch resistance, and it is easy to maintain. Also, tempered glass has excellent clarity and strength and can be upgraded with glass treatments such as tint or safety film.

As businesses reopen, they must take every measure to help protect their employees, customers, and communities. One step that many are taking is to install sneeze guards in their offices and stores. Sneeze guards are a simple way of providing a level of physical protection and peace of mind during the public health crisis. If your business is in need of sneeze guards, contact Glass Inc. today!

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