Can You Contract Coronavirus Through the Eyes?

May 10, 2020

Each day, another report about COVID-19 hits your newsfeed, but much remains unknown.

The World Health Organization reported that the virus could spread through droplets when a person coughs and sneezes. Scientists still continue to research how this virus is rapidly spreading.

But, can you contract coronavirus through the eyes?

When it comes to spreading through the eyes, the American Optometric Association reported that coronavirus might enter the body through the conjunctiva, the thin membrane that covers part of the front surface of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids.

It is reported that it then spreads throughout the person’s body through blood vessels within the conjunctiva.

Back in March, the American Academy of Ophthalmology shared an alert warning that COVID-19 may cause conjunctivitis, or pink eye, in about 1-3% of infected people.

Pink eye is inflammation of the clear tissue covering the white part of the eye.

While virus particles have been found in eye secretions, the AAO suggested that the risk of being infected with the virus via tears is low.

With new reports happening daily about the dangers of coronavirus and the spread of COVID-19, the virus can seem pretty scary. As the pandemic continues, it is still important not to touch your face.

Rubbing itchy eyes or a runny nose are quick ways to pass the virus from your hands to your internal system. Avoid touching your face by using tissues, eye drops, and distractions for your hands.

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