Effect of Corona Virus on Eyes

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Coronavirus and Eyes

Coronaviruses are a broad family of viruses that normally affect only animals, although some of them can spread from animals to humans. They can produce anything from a common cold to more serious diseases.

The symptoms of COVID-19 includes :

  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Pneumonia

Protection of eyes to avoid spread of Coronavirus

Experts say guarding your eyes — as well as your hands and mouth — can slow the spread of coronavirus. Here’s why it’s important to protect your eyes during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, plus how you can help yourself and others.

Coronavirus may cause pink eye

But it’s rare If you see someone with pink eye, don’t panic. It doesn’t mean that person is infected with coronavirus. But health officials believe viral pink eye, or conjunctivitis, develops in about 1% to 3% of people with coronavirus. The virus can spread by touching discharge from an infected person’s eyes.

A study in The Journal of Medical Virology of 30 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 had only one patient diagnosed with conjunctivitis. Based on this information, the occurrence of conjunctivitis is low.

How to help yourself and others?

Prevention is better than cure. This is the only mantra for escaping from this deadly disease. Since no medicine and vaccine has been innovated till now, it is important to allow the following instructions :

  • Wash hands frequently (with soap and water or alcoholic solutions)
  • Avoid close contact with people who show signs of respiratory condition, such as coughing or sneezing.
  • Keep a distance of approximately one meter with people with symptoms of acute respiratory infection.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissues or cough or sneeze and wash your hands afterward.
  • Seek medical attention if you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Don’t touch your face frequently.
  • Use a tissue while sneezing.
  • Self isolate if you have any symptoms ( cold, cough, fever etc)
  • Wear a mask if you have the above-mentioned symptoms. Other recommendations

Other recommendations

  1. If you wear contact lenses, switch to glasses for a while.
  2. Wearing glasses may add a layer of protection.
  3. Stock up on eye medicine prescriptions if you can.
  4. Avoid rubbing your eyes.

Precautions for eyes

If you feel an urge to itch or rub your eye or even to adjust your glasses, use a tissue instead of your fingers. Dry eyes can lead to more rubbing, so consider adding moisturizing drops to your eye routine. If you must touch your eyes for any reason — even to administer eye medicine — wash your hands first with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

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