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Dr. Fauci Says Eye Protection Can Help Prevent Spread of Coronavirus

Comments during an interview with ABC News.
August 5, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, said that the U.S. could eventually reach a point where it recommends the use of eye goggles to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

During an interview with ABC News, Fauci was asked whether the U.S. would one day recommend eye protection 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.

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