Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the governors of four US states that they need to get new infections under control. But touching your nose, mouth or eyes, can introduce the virus to cells it can invade.
Fauci said that what he was anxious about, and some thing that Dr. Deborah Birx has also stated, was other states, such as Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky, "that are starting to have that really early indication that the % of cases pertaining to the amount of checks you have - that the p.c is starting up to go up".
"You have mucosa in the nose, mucosa in the mouth, but you also have mucosa in the eye", Fauci told ABC News "Theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces". "So if you have goggles or an eye shield you should use it".
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Fauci suggested in the ABC interview that one of the reasons protective eyewear hasn't been officially recommended yet is "it's so easy for people to just make a cloth mask".
Fauci's comments received a number of witty responses on social media. "I wonder if ski goggles will catch on too".
A recent report compiled by the White House coronavirus task force warned that 21 states are in the "red zone," which means they are reporting 100 new cases per 100,000 people, or more than ten percent of virus tests come back positive.
Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and IN 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".More news: Taylor Swift releases new acoustic version of 'cardigan'
The United States has recorded 50,000 to 75,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the past 22 days straight- a rate of infection Fauci said was "still not optimal".
Fauci said: "It's a combination of humbling and really embarrassing".
During the day, he will also try to squeeze in a run and will work "well into the night".More news: US Vigorous Diplomacy Led International Awakening to Threat of CCP: Pompeo