Dr. Anthony Fauci is suggesting Americans wear eye goggles, along with facemasks, to protect themselves better from the novel coronavirus.
Fauci has been the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease since 1984. (foxnews.com)
“Theoretically you should protect all of the mucosal surfaces [eyes, nose, mouth], so if you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it,” he said in an interview with ABC News on Instagram Wednesday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention already recommends wearing a face mask that covers the nose and mouth in public, but the virus can also enter through the eyes.
Fauci recommended goggles in addition to a face mask for those who want “perfect protection” from the COVID-19, but admitted it’s not “universally recommended.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci to @DrJAshton: “If you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it. It’s not universally recommended, but if you really want to be complete, you should probably use it if you can.” https://t.co/SJPZn8fN6F pic.twitter.com/Ml87aBuclI
— ABC News (@ABC) July 29, 2020
He added one of the reasons eyewear hasn’t been recommended yet is “it’s so easy for people to just make a cloth mask.”