Could wearing glasses lower the risk of COVID-19?
People who wear eyeglasses may be at a lower risk for catching COVID-19 than those who don't wear glasses, early research from China suggests.
A study, published Wednesday (Sept. 16, 2020) in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology, “raises the possibility that use of eye protection by the general public might offer some degree of protection from COVID-19,"suggests Dr. Lisa Maragakis, an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Wearing glasses discourages people from touching their eyes, reducing transfer of viruses from hands to eyes.
Eyes have receptors allowing SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, to enter the body. This virus has been detected in the eyes of COVID-19 patients.
Eyeglasses may serve as a partial barrier that reduces the amount of virus in a manner like what has been observed for cloth masks.
Studies suggest that the eye may be an important infection route for COVID-19.
Mask induced problems: See images below.
An “epidemic” of lid infections wearing MASKS during COVID-19.
Cause: Upward flow from nasal and mouth breathing; bacteria.
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