“In addition to wearing face masks, people should consider wearing goggles or eye shields for increased protection from COVID-19”, Dr. Anthony Fauci said to the press. He also says he doesn’t regret advising against face masks early on in the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I don’t regret anything I said then because in the context of the time in which I said it, it was correct. ” Fauci said. Circumstances change and so as public advisory gets adopted to meet the criteria.
The latest expert’s advisory is to cover the eyes in addition to rouse and mouth witch, in theory, should dramatically reduce exposure to the virus. Specifically, droplets and aerosol that hang in the air for some time after ill person sneeze or cough. “Theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton.
In contrast, Dr. Thomas Steinemann, clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, thinks that it is not common to get infected through your eyes. But he is still saying that the use of use eye protection such as face shield in addition to the mask is advisable whenever social distance is not possible to maintain. For example, eye protection would be appropriate for a passenger on a plane or for a hairstylist, restaurants and anyone who is face-to-face with several customers a day.