NIAID director Anthony Fauci told the ABC News live Instagram website about the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday night: “If you have glasses or eye protection, you should use it.”
Why it matters: Eye protection is not currently included in the official COVID-19 guidelines. Currently, the CDC only advises healthcare workers to use eye protection “in areas with moderate to high prevalence.”
By numbers: More than 150,000 people in the United States have died from the new coronavirus, and more than 4.4 million have died. Was infected Wednesday night, writes Johns Hopkins.
What they say: Asked Fauci if Jennifer Ashton could imagine where eye protection would be recommended, he replied, “Maybe if you really want flawless mucosal surface protection.”;
- Fauci noted that eye protection was not “universally recommended, but if you really want to be full, you should use it if you can.”
- He explained that coronavirus infects mucous surfaces, such as the nose and mouth, along with the eyes. “Theoretically, you should protect all mucosal surfaces,” Fauci added.