Dr. Anthony Fauci has suggested that people should wear goggles or face shields to get added protection from contracting the coronavirus, according to a report.
“If you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it,” Fauci, an immunologist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, told ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton on Wednesday.
“You have mucosa in the nose, mucosa in the mouth, but you also have mucosa in the eye,” he said. “Theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces. So if you have goggles or an eye shield you should use it.”
The doctor said that while goggles and eye or face shields are “not universally recommended” currently, “if you really want to be complete, you should probably use it if you can.” Asked if eye protection could become an official recommendation, Fauci said, “It might, if you really want perfect protection of the mucosal surfaces.”