Fauci suggests wearing goggles, face shields to protect against coronavirus
Dr. Anthony Fauci upped the ante for Americans yesterday saying that for the most complete protection against the coronavirus, people should be wearing goggles or other eye protection even as other experts debate viable treatment options.
“Theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces. So if you have goggles or an eye shield you should use it,” he told ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Jennifer Ashton.
Fauci also touted flu shots, saying that hopefully masks and flu vaccines will also help cut down on the numbers of influenza deaths as the flu seasons starts in the fall.
“It is inevitable that we’re going to have some degree of flu,” he said. “I’m hoping that the wearing of masks and other coverings are going to not only protect us against COVID-19, but also help protect us against influenza.”
Fauci is enjoying popularity despite overseeing a pandemic response which has been notable for not being very popular or effective, helped to some extent by an uncritical press.
While the numbers of deaths have gone down, Americans are split by the shutdown, with liberals continuing to lobby for draconian measures, slowing economic recovery, in part, because economic growth is good for the re-election prospects of Donald Trump.
Conservatives, on the other hand, want things to get back to normal as soon as possible, in part, for the same reason.
Fauci did take a bit of heat last week for photos showing him violating his own mask mandate while watching a baseball game in an empty stadium after throwing out the first pitch for a Washington Nationals game.
“Looks like Dr. Fauci forget to actually use his face mask while watching the Kaepernickers playing baseball,” tweeted conservative Mark Levin, sharing a photo of a mask-less Fauci. “I’m sure the media will question him about it. After all, as he says, we’re in this together and everyone needs to obey the science.”
Fauci has also been dinged for sharing misleading information on hydroxychloroquine, which has been used as a treatment for COVID-19 in combination with other medicines.
“You look at the scientific data and the evidence. And the scientific data … on trials that are valid, that were randomized and controlled in the proper way, all of those trials show consistently that hydroxychloroquine is not effective in the treatment of coronavirus disease or COVID-19,” he said.
That’s been debunked by scientists who are actually engaged in trials of hydroxychloroquine. Researchers say the biggest problem is that people are scared to take hydroxychloroquine because the press has mischaracterized the drug as dangerous, when in fact it is considered very safe.
The problem is that bureaucrats, like Fauci, haven’t done a good job at actually studying anything, say experts. Their only solutions are masks and goggles.
“Most things were damaged by Covid-19 but not bureaucracy,” says Nicholas White, a physician and tropical diseases researcher at Mahidol University in Salaya, Thailand and the University of Oxford, UK. “Despite all the fine words from country leaders and governments,” he says, “the process itself [of studying hydroxychloroquine] has been very slow.”
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