The White House's coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx recommended the use of face shields on Thursday, echoing similar messages from Dr. Anthony Fauci earlier this week.
"Here's the thing about the face shield in addition to the mask: the mask is to protect others," Birx said on Fox & Friends. "The thing about the face shields — we think that that could protect the individuals and that it would decrease the ability for them to touch their eyes and spread [the] virus as well as those droplets coming towards them."
Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, suggested the use of goggles or eye shields earlier this week.
"You have mucosa in the nose, mucosa in the mouth, but you also have mucosa in the eye," Fauci said. "Theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces. So if you have goggles or an eye shield you should use it."
Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade called the recommendation "unbelievable."
"So from ‘don't wear a mask' to ‘wear mask' to now, it [can] help you if it spread and now it could help you block. And now you're saying wear goggles," Kilmeade said. "That's unbelievable."