Droplets are expelled when people cough or sneeze, and evidence suggests fine droplets from just speaking or breathing may be able to spread the disease too.
Dr Anthony Fauci the told ABC News on Wednesday people should wear “goggles or an eye shield” if they already have them as coronavirus is contagious though respiratory droplets.
US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci has said evidence suggests fine droplets from just speaking or breathing may be able to spread the coronavirus, and recommends wearing eye masks or goggles
The leading US infectious disease expert has said eye protection may be necessary to fully prevent coronavirus infection.
Dr Fauci said on Instagram Live: “If you really want perfect protection you need protection of your mucosal surfaces – you mucosal surfaces in your mouth, your nose, but also in your eyes.
The particles can then get into the body through the mouth, and the eyes too, although it’s not as dominant a route of infection.
“Theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces, so if you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it.”
Face masks became mandatory while shopping in the UK on Friday 24th July, although some shops have said they will not enforce the rules.
Dr Fauci relentlessly advocated for universal mask-wearing, but struggled to convince Americans to adopt face coverings.
He said: “We don’t know the relative role of aerosol transmission…we can assume it plays a role.
Dr Fauci said aerosols – a fine mist that can linger and travel further through the air – also plays “a role” in coronavirus transmission.
“It does not mean that we should not adhere to universal mask-wearing.”
But, so far, they don’t appear to be the primary cause of infections, he said.
Particles will likely be able to get through face coverings short of a perfectly sealed N95 mask.