coronavirus through eye contact

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By John Egan, reviewed by Valerie Kattouf, OD, FAAO

Our eyes may play an important role in the spread and prevention of outbreaks of the new coronavirus is seen throughout the world.

For example, a doctor of Peking University believes he may have contracted the coronavirus while not wearing when treating patients. Medical officials, though, say while this is possible, it may not be possible.

To reduce your personal risk of contracting a new coronavirus, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. This is a mucous membrane (membrane line various body cavities) are the most vulnerable to the transmission of the virus.

Reports of new coronavirus (also referred to as COVID-19) first appeared at the end of December 2019 in Wuhan, China.

Coronavirus is a group of common viruses. Some affect only animals (such as bats, cats, camels and cows), while others also affect people, according to the US National Library of Medicine.

COVID-19 can trigger the disease as minor as the common cold, or consequential damages such as bronchitis, pneumonia and kidney failure. The most severe cases may be life-threatening. This is the seventh known species of coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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Patients who have been infected with the new coronavirus may have ocular symptoms.

is an inflammation of the membrane covering the eyeball. It is often referred to as “pink eye.” Conjunctivitis often presents as HIV / red, “wet and weepy” eye.

Viral conjunctivitis known until now with upper respiratory tract infections (colds, flu, etc.) and may be a symptom of virus COVID-19.

A recent study of hospitals in China, published in, found “conjunctival congestion” or red, the eyes are infected in nine of the 1,099 patients (0.8%) with a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus.

A study in 30 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 only has one patient was diagnosed with conjunctivitis. Based on this information, the occurrence of low conjunctivitis.

IF YOU DO NOT FEEL WELL … Contact your family doctor. If you suspect you may have conjunctivitis, call. It is suggested that the patient does not present for medical or eye care facilities without a phone call before help to reduce the chance of spreading the virus. A phone call allows healthcare facilities to prepare your visit and to diagnose and treat you in a proper way.

The relationship between the transmission of coronavirus and your eyes complicated.

It is estimated that COVID-19 spread from person to person mainly through the air “respiratory droplets” are produced when a person coughs or sneezes, the virus spreads like the flu, the CDC said. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby and may be inhaled into the lungs.

Medical experts are not sure whether a person can contract the virus by touching surfaces or objects, such as tables or doorknobs, which has COVID -19 on it and then touching their mouth, nose or maybe their eyes.

Peking University Wang GUANGFA respiratory specialist believes he contracted COVID-19 when it comes into contact with a patient at the health clinic in China.

Wang reported that his left eye became inflamed after, followed by fever and a buildup of mucus in the nose and throat. He was later diagnosed with a new coronavirus.

According to Wang think the virus enters the left eye because she did not wear protective glasses.

, professor of medicine and pathology at the Long School of Medicine, division of infectious diseases at UT Health San Antonio, Wang reiterated that such a scenario could potentially occur.

In Wang’s situation, he said, respiratory droplets from an infected person may have reached the eyes or other mucous membranes.

In general, though, the transmission COVID-19 comes with so many unknowns that it is “plausible but not likely” to contract via the contact hand-to-eye, says, head of infectious diseases at SUNY Upstate Medical University Syracuse, New York.

Currently, it is unknown how “easy or sustainable” virus spread from person to person, according to the CDC.

Many large gatherings and events have been canceled or postponed as a public health measure to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. US health officials have implemented emergency measures as the best practice contain the transmission of the virus.

School has canceled classes and switch to online courses, and sports leagues and the museum has been closed as a precaution to avoid the spread of the community.

Symptoms COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness accompanied by fever, cough and respiratory problems, according to. Other symptoms include runny nose, sore throat and headache.

Most people develop only mild symptoms. But some people, usually the people who are older or have other medical complications, experiencing more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal.

Symptoms usually appear two to 14 days after a person has been exposed to the virus. professional

Health diagnose coronavirus through laboratory tests of samples of breathing or blood or other body fluids.

so far, there is no vaccine or antiviral treatment has been identified. Therefore, the best method to limit the spread of this virus is to quickly isolate those who have (or are perceived to have if they’ve been exposed to it) before they infect others, Harvard Business Review said.

United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has set up a website with information about the most up-to-date related.

measures recommended CDC to prevent diseases, among others:

If you’re not sick, you do not need to wear a face mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a face mask). a face mask may be in short supply and they should be saved for health workers, the sick and the caregiver.

The current evidence suggests that the novel coronavirus can persist for hours to days on surfaces made of various materials, the CDC reports. Clean the surface looks dirty, followed by disinfection is the best practice for prevention COVID size-19 and other viral respiratory illness in the household and community settings

At least some of the coronavirus can potentially remain viable -. Capable of infecting people -. up to 24 hours on the carton and up to three days in plastic and stainless steel, the report quoted by a laboratory that is part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

according to the World Health Organization, if you have the potential to hit someone with coronavirus, you must be equipped with protective glasses, surgical masks, medical gowns, medical gloves and respirator use.

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