Clinical spokesman at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Thomas Steinman, said it is possible for a person to become infected with the “Covid-19” virus through the eye.
The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed earlier in July that there was “emerging evidence” that people were catching the virus from drops floating in the air.
One of the ways that these drops can enter the body is the eye.
One can also become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching the eye, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Steinman mentioned that the possibility of infection with the virus through the eyes is less than infection through the nose, or mouth, or when inhaled.
Steinman noted that if many people were infected with eye infections, doctors would have seen more Covid-19 patients with conjunctivitis (but suffering from conjunctivitis does not necessarily mean being infected with the virus).
Do we need to wear goggles?
Interest in this matter has increased since the question was directed by the chief expert of infectious diseases in the United States, Dr. Anthony Fuchi, on the topic in a recent interview with “ABC News”.
Fawcci advised people to wear goggles if they wanted perfect protection, and he said: “You have a mucous membrane in the nose, a mucous membrane in the mouth, and a mucous membrane in the eye. In theory, you should protect all mucous surfaces. Therefore, if you have goggles or eye protection. , You must use it. ”
“It is not recommended globally, but if you want to be truly complete, you should probably use it if you can,” added Fauchi.
Some people believed that this meant that Fuchi urged everyone to wear a cover for the eyes, and others complained that a hazardous material suit would be ordered later.
Steinman noted that covering the eyes is a wise step for people who cannot reliably exercise social separation, or those who must be present in areas where the air may be polluted, such as health care workers, or home care providers for an infected person.
However, for the average person who works from home, or who does not interact with people outside the home, wearing a face mask and maintaining a safe distance is likely sufficient.
In sum, the eyes must be protected if the individual is in high-risk situations.
And if you want to be safer, goggles and face protectors can add an extra layer of protection.
For the layman, wearing a face mask and practicing social spacing will suffice.