NYSDOH Health Advisory: Universal Use of Eye Protection

This memo reviews that the NYSDOH strongly recommends universal use of eye protection by healthcare personnel for all patient interactions, in addition to face masks, throughout New York State.

Wearing both face masks and eye protection provides better protection for healthcare personnel who might unknowingly encounter asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic, or symptomatic but undiagnosed patients or residents with COVID-19. The use of eye protection, in addition to face masks, might prevent some exposures that would otherwise require healthcare worker furlough (i.e. when a healthcare worker is in contact with a person with COVID-19 who was not wearing a face mask, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-risk-assesmenthcp.html). Face shields or goggles should be used. Standard eyeglasses are not personal protective equipment (PPE) and do not constitute sufficient eye protection.

Read the memo here.