“If you have glasses or eye shield, you should use them,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci.
WASHINGTON – The country’s top infectious disease expert said Americans should consider wearing goggles or a face shield as an extra layer of protection from COVID-19.
Dr. Anthony Fauci made the comments during a live Instagram interview on Wednesday with ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Jennifer Ashton.
“If you have glasses or eye shield, you have to use it,”; Fauci said.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases made the comments after being asked if he thought eye protection would eventually be recommended.
Fauci discussed the protection of mucosal surfaces, the moist tissues that line the inside of the human body.
“You have mucus in the nose, mucus in the mouth, but you also have mucus in the eyes,” he told ABC News. “Theoretically, you should protect all mucosal surfaces. So if you have glasses or an eye shield, you should use it.”
Fauci added that eye protection is not universally recommended, but said it should be used if “you really want to be complete”.
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For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some – especially the elderly and people with existing health problems – it can cause more serious illness, including pneumonia and death.
The United States has more than 4.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University.
Just after 8:00 pm EDT on Thursday, the country had more than 151,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Worldwide, there are more than 17 million confirmed cases with over 671,000 deaths.