Fauci: Add goggles, face shield to mask for better defense against coronavirus

Mike Dougherty
July 31, 2020 - 8:41 am
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    PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — America’s top infectious disease expert says wearing a pair of goggles in addition to a face covering will provide more complete protection from the coronavirus.

    Masks may be mandatory, they alone don’t offer complete protection. Wearing goggles, he said, is an added layer. 

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    The eyes, nose and mouth are all entry points for the virus to infect the body. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says wearing something to cover each of them is the best way to completely protect against infection. 

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    He told ABC News in an interview on social media that people should do all they can to protect themselves.

    “Theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces, so if you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it. It’s not universally recommended, but if you want to be complete, you should probably use it if you can.”

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    Fauci says these protective measures will help protect against more than COVID-19 as fall and winter approach. There are still more familiar bugs out there to avoid. 

    “I am hoping that there are two things that go on," he said. "That wearing of masks and other coverings as we just discussed are going to not only protect us against COVID-19 but also help protect us against influenza. So we may find a secondary benefit to the lessons that we learned.”

    Single day case totals are setting records in Tokyo. And while Texas has a mandatory mask order, the case total there is approaching 425,000. 
    Case totals are rising in other states, as well. 

    Wearing goggles and face shields is likely to be part of the discussion when Fauci meets with a house subcommittee later on Friday.