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COVID-19 infection through the eyes? Another upsetting tangent to the pandemic.

By Ishika Sahni

A new study from China has found that wearing eyeglasses may lower the risk of COVID-19 infection. Studies show the virus is entering through eyes, so if we wear eyeglasses we can save us from the virus. The study involves 276 patients who were hospitalised with COVID-19 in Suizhou, China; found that the daily wearers of eyeglasses were lower in population than the local ones.

The researcher said “we speculate that eyeglasses can prevent the virus, so avoid your hands touching to eyes’’. Studies show that normally people touch their eyes 10 times in a day. Sometimes, eyes lack protection from which we can get infected and can SARS-CoV-2 enter the human body. According to the data 1 per cent to 12 per cent COVID-19 patients have ocular manifestations. Researchers said people who daily wear eyeglasses can affect rarely and who wear occasionally also have fewer chances.

People more concentrate on wearing masks, keeping hygiene around and home isolation but they also have to hash their hands before touching their eyes. The new study might be used as evidence and many people recommend these precautions also. The number of patients who wear eyeglasses is less and in a limit. More attention should be given to washing hands and avoiding touching the eyes.

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