CDC Recommends Healthcare Professionals Wear Eye Protection
During an interview with ABC News medical correspondent Jennifer Ashton, Fauci was asked whether the U.S. would one day recommend eye protection, such as face shields, due to the pandemic.
“You know, it might,” Fauci said, noting that it would offer an added layer of protection.
“You have mucosa in the nose, mucosa in the mouth, but you also have mucosa in the eye,” he added. “Theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces.”
Fauci went on to say that if you have “goggles or an eye shield, you should use it.” While it’s not universally recommended, both goggles and a face covering would provide “complete” protection from the coronavirus, he said.
The CDC recommends healthcare professionals wear eye protection if they are in areas with “moderate to substantial community transmission,” but no official guidance has been offered regarding the use of face shields for the general public.
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