Dr. Anthony Fauci, a Coronavirus Task Force spokesperson and leading infectious disease expert, is now recommending people wear goggles in addition to personal protective face masks to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
During a virtual interview with ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Fauci said the eye coverings were recommended, though not required.
“If you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it,” he said via ABC News.
When asked whether they would be officially required by health agencies like the CDC or WHO, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said he was unsure.
“It might, if you really want perfect protection of the mucosal surfaces [you should wear them],” he answered via the report. “You have mucosa in the nose, mucosa in the mouth, but you also have mucosa in the eye. Theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces. So if you have goggles or an eye shield you should use it.”
Fauci said that eye coverings are “not universally recommended” yet, “but if you really want to be complete, you should probably use it if you can.”
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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/G8GrQyoJal pic.twitter.com/4JFLfoPhv4
— ABC News (@ABC) July 30, 2020
During the interview, Fauci also specifically named four states that he said were seeing increases in the coronavirus numbers.
ABC News reports:
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Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana are among those that “are starting to show that very subtle increase in percent positives among the total tested, which is a surefire hint that you may be getting into the same sort of trouble with those states that the southern states got into trouble with. So we’re watching that really carefully.”
Fauci also discussed when people should get tested for COVID-19 if they believe they’ve been exposed to the virus, since there are no official guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the National Institutes of Health on when to get tested.
“That question came up at the task force meeting yesterday and we asked the same thing and we said there’s no real recommendation,” Fauci said. “I would think that five [days] is good. I might even go a day or so early because the incubation period of when you get symptoms is about five days.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci to @DrJAshton: "Look at the number of deaths—that's the worst we've had in respiratory outbreak in over 100 years, since the 1918 outbreak of the Spanish Flu. And we still have a ways to go." https://t.co/BNaHhrzsC2 pic.twitter.com/MQEgRKgh6P
— ABC News (@ABC) July 29, 2020