NIAID director Anthony Fauci told ABC News on Instagram live that he discussed the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday night, “If you have glasses or an eye shield, you should use it.”
Why important: Eye protection is not currently included in the formal guidance on COVID-19. The CDC currently only advises that health care workers use eye protection “in areas with moderate to substantial transmission in the community.”
From the numbers: More than 150,000 people in the United States have died from the new coronavirus and more than 4.4 million have been infected since Wednesday night, per Johns Hopkins.
What they say: Jennifer Ashton of the ABC asked Fauci if she could think of a point where eye protection would be recommended, he replied: “It could be, if you really want perfect protection of mucosal surfaces. . “
- Fauci noted that eye protection was “not universally recommended, but if you really want to be complete, you should probably use it if you can.”;
- He explained that the coronavirus infects mucosal surfaces, such as the nose and mouth, along with the eyes. “Theoretically, you should protect all surfaces of the mucosa,” Fauci added.