What kind of personal protective equipment (PPE) do we need for coronavirus? Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci have recently come out recommending goggles and face shields. Here’s what you need to know.
Wearing a face shield can provide extra protection from respiratory droplets, as well as preventing you from touching your face and eyes. A face shield is not enough by itself to protect you; it should be worn in conjunction with a face mask. The only face shield that offers complete protection is one that wraps around the sides of the face and extends below the chin, according to the CDC. The agency said, “CDC does not recommend use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for masks.”
Dr. Fauci then came out to recommend the use of goggles, since the eyes are also a surface that can be an entry point for the virus. “If you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it. It’s not universally recommended, but if you really want to be complete, you should probably use it if you can,” Dr. Fauci said.
In addition to these precautions, Dr. Birx also recommends wearing a mask while at home, especially for those with multi-generational households or in places where there is an outbreak.
On CNN’s State of the Union, she warned people in rural areas that they are not protected from the virus, as it is not only prevalent in cities anymore. With coronavirus cases continuing to rise across the U.S., it’s important to protect ourselves and others as best we can. “We are in a new phase,” Birx said. “What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread.”
In addition to wearing masks, it’s important to keep six feet between yourself and others, and wash hands often. Use hand sanitizer between hand washing. Current global coronavirus deaths are at 695,318, and U.S deaths are at 155,814.
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