An alternative to a face mask is to use a face shield as it can be a more effective deterrent against COVID-19 and other viruses. Face masks only provide some filtration. According to the Iowa VA Health Care System, a face shield can reduce COVID exposure by 92% to 96% depending on the distance from transmission.
Face shields are affordable, readily available, and can be reused with cleaning. They also provide a barrier from habitually touching your face, and many people find them more comfortable to wear and easier to breathe through.
Face shields have been adopted and found successful by many hospitals which is the basis for increased usage in social settings.