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NEWS: Examining the need for eye protection for COVID-19 prevention in the community

Cambridge University Press

 

Reposted via Cambridge University Press

“One proposed method for reducing transmission as society opens up is wearing face coverings, including cotton face masks or face shields [1]. 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.”

 

“Current public health guidance recommends cotton face masks, but given the potential role of the conjunctival route, face shields that provide barrier protection for the entire face might be the superior option. Further research in this área is critically needed.”

 

Marra, A., Edmond, M., Popescu, S., & Perencevich, E. (2020). Examining the need for eye protection for COVID-19 prevention in the community. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 1-6. doi:10.1017/ice.2020.314

 

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