NBC News Contributor Dr. Joseph Fair Hospitalized with Coronavirus: ‘It Can Take Anybody Down’

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NBC News Contributor Dr. Joseph Fair was taking every precaution possible to keep from contracting the coronavirus. But he still got it.

And he says if he got it, truly anyone can get it.

“I had a mask on, I had gloves on, I did my normal wipes routine … but obviously, you can still get it through your eyes,” the acclaimed virologist and epidemiologist said on the Today show Thursday (May 14) from his hospital bed after getting sick three days after taking a flight to his New Orleans home. “And of course I wasn’t wearing goggles on the flight.”

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He got it, through his eyes? Well. That’s not a route we have considered before.

“That’s one of the three known routes of getting this infection that we just don’t pay a lot of attention to,” the doctor continued, while also mentioning that the flight he was on was very crowded. “We tend to pay attention to the nose and mouth because that is the most common route. But you know, droplets landing on your eyes are just as infectious.”

Don’t you just love having something else to worry about?

If it makes you feel any better, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still say that the main way to contract coronavirus “from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.”

And luckily, Dr. Fair seems to be responding to treatment and is no longer in critical condition, saying that he refused to be intubated and instead followed a course of oxygen and drug treatment.