Examining the Need for Eye Protection for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Prevention in the Community   [open pdf - 244KB]

From the Document: "As the world reopens after extreme social distancing designed to flatten the curve and protect hospitals, it appears that even countries that had controlled coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) with widespread testing and contact tracing, such as South Korea and Singapore, are seeing increased case counts. One proposed method for reducing transmission as society reopens is requiring the public to wear face coverings, including cotton face masks or face shields. An important factor that distinguishes face shields from masks is eye protection. Yet the importance of eye protection in the prevention of COVID-19 and other coronaviruses is underappreciated, which has led to public health authorities recommending cotton face masks over potentially more protective alternatives, such as face shields. The mucous membranes of healthcare workers (HCWs), including the conjunctiva, may be exposed to respiratory droplets from the patient. The importance of eye protection during care of patients with novel coronaviruses was recognized in 2003 during the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-1) outbreaks and subsequent Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreaks."

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