Frequently washing our hands and wearing a mask are simple habits that have high chances of keeping us away from getting infected with COVID-19. But there are other ways of protecting ourselves that nobody would probably ever guess.
In the US alone, about 164 million adults are wearing glasses, representing a huge number considering that the entire population counts about 332 million souls. But those who have the habit of wearing spectacles may have an advantage in the face of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to a new study that FoxNews.com writes about.
Wear glasses for a minimum of eight hours per day
The new study that supports the idea of wearing glasses to fight the coronavirus has a strong argument: those who put their goggles on will touch their eyes a lot less than those who don’t need help for a better vision.
Unfortunately, not everybody knows that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can infect a person by entering through the eyes’ membranes (the conjunctiva). The coronavirus is spread when someone sneezes, coughs, or talks. That’s why covering our faces through an N95 mask, surgical mask, or more is needed. But if you cover a larger portion of your face, namely the eyes, it’s easily deductible why it’s a great idea.
“This present study showed that the risk of COVID-19 was 2-3 times less in spectacles-wearing population than the population not using spectacles. [The] protective role of the spectacles was found statistically significant if those were used for [a] long period of the day,” or over eight hours, said one of the researchers’ statements.
The researchers involved in the study examined about 300 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in India. These people were ranged in age between 10 and 80 years old. Sixty of the patients said they wear glasses for a long time.
The new report was published in the pre-print site medRxiv.