- Dr. Anthony Fauci now recommends wearing goggles and full face shields in addition to masks, as the mucous membranes of your eyes may serve as entryways for viruses
- According to a report in JAMA Ophthalmology, only 5.2% of COVID-19 patients tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the eyes, so while it’s possible SARS-CoV-2 could transmit via your eyes, the likelihood of this happening is very low
- Contamination of the eyes is likely primarily the result of touching your eyes with contaminated fingers. If you wear goggles or a face shield, you may actually be more prone to touch your eyes to rub away sweat and condensation and/or scratch an itch
- According to a COVID-19 vaccine developer, social distancing and face masks will likely still be required even after a vaccine becomes available, as the vaccine will not offer 100% protection against infection
- Guidelines for safer sex during the pandemic include wearing a mask, avoiding kissing, sticking to masturbation and having sex online, even though this means every encounter will be indefinitely stored and could end your career if hacked or shared
According to a March 31, 2020, report4 in JAMA Ophthalmology, while ocular abnormalities were common in COVID-19 patients, only 5.2% actually had SARS-CoV-2-positive conjunctival specimens, i.e., specimens taken from the eye. According to the authors, “Although there is a low prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in tears, it is possible to transmit via the eyes.”
Put another way, while it’s possible SARS-CoV-2 could transmit via your eyes, the likelihood of this happening appears to be very low, seeing how only 5.2% of confirmed COVID-19 patients actually had SARS-CoV-2 in their eyes. Personally, I do not believe adding goggles and plastic face shields would significantly reduce your risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19.
Remember, the virus is aerosolized and spreads through the air. Aerosolized viruses — especially SARS-CoV-2, which is about half the size of influenza viruses — cannot be blocked by a mask, as explained in my interview with Denis Rancourt, who has conducted a thorough review of the published science on masks and viral transmission.