“If you have a Goggle or an Eye Shield, you should use it,” NIAID director Anthony Fauci told ABC News in an Instagram live Wednesday evening discussing the coronovirus epidemic.
Why it matters: Formal guidance on COVID-19 does not currently include eye protection. The CDC currently only advises that health care workers use eye protection “in areas ranging from safety to adequate community transmission”.
By numbers: More than 150,000 people in the US have died of the novel coronavirus and more than 4.4 million have been infected on Wednesday night, according to Johnson Hopkins.
What they are saying ABC’s Jennifer Ashton asked Fossey if he could imagine a point where eye protection would be recommended, he replied: “It could be, if you really want true preservation of mucosal surfaces.”
- Fauci noted that eye protection was “not universally recommended, but if you really want to be full, you should probably use it if you can.”
- They reported that coronovirus infects mucous surfaces, such as the nose and mouth, with the eyes. “Theoretically, you should protect all mucosal surfaces,” Fauci said.