Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci, the White House coronavirus response spokespersons, are recommending the use of face shields along with masks to protect against COVID-19 infection writes The Hill author Jessie Hellmann. Face shields can possibly offer better protection to the wearer than cloth face coverings, which are intended to prevent asymptomatic individuals from spreading coronavirus to others, says Hellmann in the article.
Dr. Birx stated: ”The thing about the face shields – we think that could protect the individuals and that it would decrease the ability for them to touch their eyes and spread the virus as well as those droplets coming towards them. So there are two different technologies for two different reasons.”
”If you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it. It’s not universally recommended, but if you really want to be complete, you should probably use it if you can.” says Dr. Fauci, “You have mucosa in the nose, mucosa in the mouth, but you also have mucosa in the eye,” he added. “Theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces.”