Virus Research Shows That Mask Alone Not Sufficient As Protective Goggles Also Required By Healthcare Staff and Others To Prevent Contracting SARS-Cov-2 Coronavirus Though Eyes
Source: Virus Research Mar 12, 2020 3 months ago
A new virusresearch by researchers from the ophthalmology department at the Tonji Hospital at Wuhan in collaboration with Tonji Medical College and Huazhong University of Science and Technology at Wuhan indicates that the new SARS-CoV-2 can also be contracted on ocular surfaces of the eye through nosocomial infections and also people who need to come in contact with lots of people each day such as immigration officials, security guards, sales staff etc. (https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.26.20027938v1.full.pdf+html)
The research lead Dr Xian Zhang, a leading ophthalmologist and microbiologists covered 102 infected patients and although only 3 had RNA fragments of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus on their ocular surfaces, the researchers warned that this was suffice to indicate that the new coronavirus could also be contracted through the eyes and suggested that all healthcare staff ensure additional protection by using protective goggles to prevent nosocomial infections or what is known as hospital transmissions. Also, those in high risk occupations having to deal and come in contact with lots of people each day such as immigration officials, security guards, sales and service staff, should also be using protective goggles to avoid the risk of exposure to the virus from asymptomatic individuals.
The study though not peer reviewed as yet, has already seen many healthcare facilities worldwide adopt the usages of protective goggles.