In February and March of 2020, as the world began the battle against COVID-19, masks weren’t a requirement for the general population. Although masks remained necessary for healthcare workers, the rest of the community received public health information that face coverings weren’t required to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
It’s jarring to hear that, at some point in the epidemic, masks weren’t considered a useful measure of infection control for the general public. At that time, however, there wasn’t an abundance of evidence-based research to show that masks for the general public were necessary. Secondly, personal protective equipment was at a premium and hard to come by. Surgical masks and N95 respirators were in short supply for those who needed them most, healthcare workers, so saving the available supply for the people who needed them the most made sense. Therefore, masks weren’t mandatory for the general public.
Oh, how things have changed! On August 4, 2020, 34 states were under mandatory mask mandates. In the past four months, research has uncovered how transmissible COVID-19 is. Because the novel coronavirus is new to the entire world, we’re having to learn about it and change our approach towards the disease in record time. Now there’s a new development: goggles. Learn the reasons why you may want to wear them.
9. Dr. Anthony Fauci Recommends the Use of Goggles
On July 29, 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and White House Coronavirus Task Force Advisor, suggested that wearing eye shields or goggles further prevent the spread of COVID-19. In an ABC News interview, Dr. Fauci stated, “You should protect all the mucosal surfaces. So if you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it.”
You may be thinking, “Not another thing to wear! He can’t be serious!” Goggles or eye shields aren’t on any state’s mandates, after all. But before you dismiss Dr. Fauci’s suggestion, you may want to look at the scientific evidence.
8. The Eyes Are Points of Entry for the Virus
The fact that eyes are vulnerable entry points for coronavirus infection is not new. In June 2020, CDC microbiologist Jessica Belser told the Washington Post that if “someone sneezes into your face…” you may contract COVID-19 through your eyes, even if you’re wearing a face mask. The coronavirus can also infect the eyes, causing conjunctivitis. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the public received warnings against rubbing their eyes or touching their face. Why? Because your face has many entry points for the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, to enter.