As you know so far, the novel coronavirus is extremely contagious. It’s generally believed that the virus is mainly transmitted via respiratory droplets or direct contact between people – by direct contact, we mean intimate, close contact.
It’s been also revealed that there are more potential transmission routes that still need to be studied.
The eyes are a gateway for the new virus to enter the body
In previous clinical cases, patients with SARS and COVID-19 conjunctivitis have detected viral RNA in conjunctival secretion and tears as well.
According to the recent reports, Wang Guangfa, a member of the expert group of the National Health and Health Commission and the director of the Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine of Peking University First Hospital, went to work in Wuhan and was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. He said that the new virus might have first entered his conjunctiva and then the whole body.
In the latest study analyzing this issue, experts inoculated a half of the tissue culture infectious dose of the new coronavirus agent to three macaques ages 3 to 5.
The results showed that the conjunctiva is the gateway for the spread of the new virus as well. Experts found viral loads in several tissues related to the “nasolacrimal system, especially in the conjunctiva, lacrimal glands, nasal cavity, and throat, which acted as “bridges” for viral movement between the eye and respiratory tissues.”
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Antiviral mask can kill the new virus on contact
The novel coronavirus changes our lives, and now we’re governed by fear and uncertainty. The healthcare systems and global economies have been severely hit, and the whole world is struggling during this pandemic.
In other related news, it’s been revealed that experts at the University of Kentucky are working on developing a face mask that could kill the coronavirus on contact.
Experts came up with an idea for a mask that would “capture and deactivate” SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.