ICU Shield Provides Advanced Protection for New COVID-19 Normal

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First face shield with integrated temperature monitoring allows for potentially safer return to school and work

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The first-of-its-kind ICU Shield is specifically designed to allow Americans to more safely return to schools and workplaces.

“The ICU Shield offers a unique combination of features that will be critical as schools reopen their doors. It will not only serve as a tool for teachers to closely monitor the health of their students, but will also allow students to operate with minimal disruption," said Rafael A. Correa (Jr.).

A father-son team in Ocean City, Md. has introduced ICU Shield, a first-of-its-kind face covering designed to allow Americans to more safely return to schools and workplaces – and the country’s factories to return to full operational capacity – during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Created by Rafael S. Correa (Sr.) and Rafael A. Correa (Jr.), co-founders of Reciprotect LLC, the ICU Shield is a clear, full-face shield that sets itself apart from competitors thanks to a built-in thermometer. This feature provides continuous monitoring through color-coded squares that light up according to sequential temperature ranges. If the device signals that a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher is suspected, the wearer should have his or her temperature verified using a clinical thermometer. When used as advised, the ICU Shield creates an unmatched peer-to-peer monitoring network appropriate for group settings.

Featuring an easy lift-away shield, its lightweight design is ideal for prolonged use in any application or industry. ICU Shield is not intended to replace the face mask, but to be worn in conjunction with one in order to provide the most comprehensive protection possible for both the wearer and others. For while face masks are designed to protect others from the wearer, the ICU Shield protects the wearer, particularly against touching his or her face and risking ocular transmission.

ICU Shield solves several issues common with traditional shields, such as comfort and fogging. Key features include:

  • FDA Approved Class II Liquid Crystal Thermometer provides constant body temp monitoring
  • Soft, flexible, and easily-adjustable elastic head strap
  • Stay-in-place pivot system for easy access to eat, drink, and adjust eyewear
  • Durable, anti-fog, high optical clarity shield (.015mm thick)
  • Can be cleaned with household disinfectants

“The ICU Shield offers a unique combination of features that will be critical as schools reopen their doors,” said Correa Sr. “It will not only serve as a tool for teachers to closely monitor and, if necessary, address the health of their students throughout the day, but will just as importantly allow students to operate with minimal disruption thanks to its ergonomic design.”

Correa Sr.’s personal experience with inaccurate fever screenings inspired the development of the ICU Shield. “I had a business meeting with a former client that was following COVID response protocol by requiring a temperature check before entry to the building,” said Correa Sr. “It was a cold morning, and I kept getting an inaccurate reading because the touchless device they were using was registering my surface temperature as opposed to my actual body temperature.”

Correa Sr. is no stranger to innovation. As the co-founder of MaTech, a military weapons manufacturer in Salisbury, Md., he has worked on many complex DOD projects and holds twenty-eight patents under his name. His son, Rafael A. Correa Jr, worked alongside him at MaTech and is managing director for ICU Shield. Correa Jr. currently serves as the chief financial officer for Blue Water Development, a Maryland-based commercial and hospitality real estate developer. “The ICU Shield is an innovative way for me to protect my employees and guests at our hotel properties,” said Correa Jr.

The Correas are working with a United States-based supplier on all components of the shield in order to create a truly American-made product. They will start shipping units in September 2020 and are currently accepting pre-orders, with an individual shield priced at $19.99 (pre-production) and bulk pricing available.

“This is a passion project as much as it is a business project,” said Correa Jr. “The ICU Shield helps set the stage for a great comeback story from COVID-19.”

For more information and to purchase ICU Shields visit http://www.icushield.com.

About Reciprotect LLC

Reciprotect LLC was founded in 2020 by father-son duo Rafael S. Correa (Sr.) and Rafael A. Correa (Jr.). Headquartered in Salisbury, Md., the firm innovated the ICU Shield, the first fully functional face shield with continuous body temperature monitoring. Learn more about ICU Shield at http://www.icushield.com.

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