This is how Corona enters the eye. How can you protect yourself?


The “Covid-19” virus, known as corona, continues to spread in the countries of the world, and it is one of the coronaviruses that cause different types of respiratory infections. With different symptoms, people with “corona” feel inflammation in the eye and its color turns pink in about 1 to 3 % Of people.

It is reported that, eye symptoms are in the middle stages of infection, according to a study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

According to the HealthLine website, there is a relationship between the Corona virus and eye inflammation, which highlighted how the virus infiltrated the eyes, as follows:

The virus is mainly transmitted through drops in the air when an infected person sneezes, speaks or coughs. When these drops breathe, the virus enters your body and can reproduce. The virus can also be infected by touch and then touching the eye, nose, or mouth. It can also be transmitted by Eye.

How does the virus get into your eyes?

The virus enters the body, due to an enzyme called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2). This enzyme is found in multiple places throughout the body, including the heart, kidneys, intestines, and lungs, and has also been discovered in the retina and the delicate tissue that lines the eye.

The virus enters human cells by deceiving cells on the basis that it is that enzyme, as the virus can attach to a cell in a specific location and mimic the shape of the ACE2 enzyme exactly so that the cell allows the virus to enter it, just as the enzyme does.

It is reported that, upon entering the virus, it is protected and can reproduce until the cell is torn, copies of the virus find new cells that invade and repeat the process, and when the virus reaches the eye, it may cause pink eye or other symptoms of the eye.

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the transparent tissues above the white of the eye and inside the eyelids, and it usually leads to redness and swelling in the eye.

How to protect your eyes from the virus?

You should protect the eye from virus-borne drops to reduce your chances of infection with corona by avoiding eye rubbing, especially in public places with unwashed hands, and not using contact lenses and resorting to glasses despite the lack of evidence that glasses reduce the risk of infection, but some people Those who wear contact lenses may rub their eyes further, and follow recommended practices such as washing hands frequently, avoiding touching the face, contacting sick people, and wearing a mask in public places.


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