Research shows that people who wear glasses are less likely to be infected with the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19) than those who do not.
According to a research team from the National Program for Control of Blindness and Visual Impairment (NPCB) under the Ministry of Health of India, people who wear glasses for at least 8 hours a day have a two to three times lower risk of developing COVID-19 compared to those who do not wear glasses. Appeared.
Corona 19 is mainly caused by particles emitted when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks through the respiratory tract of others. However, it is known that coronavirus can also spread through the membrane that protects the eye, the conjunctiva.
“Touching and rubbing your eyes with contaminated hands can be an important path of infection for coronavirus,” said the research team.
The research team conducted a study on 300 patients aged 10 to 80 years hospitalized for Corona 19 in India. About 60 of the subjects were wearing glasses for a long time.
The research team said, “This study showed that people who wear glasses for a long time have a two to three times lower risk of contracting COVID-19 than those who do not wear glasses. This is a statistically significant result.”
The study results (Risk of Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among spectacles wearing population of Northern India) were published in “medRxiv”.
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