On April 17th, the Annals of Internal Medicine released a journal entry of a new study surrounding the COVID-19 infection and possible ways to get infected. While the illness has been mainly publicized as being transmitted through coughing and sneezing (respiratory droplets), this study done on the first case in Italy states COVID-19 can last much longer in the eyes than in the lungs.
Italy’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 was a 65-year-old woman, who traveled from Wuhan, China to Italy. She suffered from the common symptoms of the virus as well as conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye. Healthcare workers decided to swab the woman’s eyes as a result of this and found the virus’s RNA in her eyes. While the virus was detected in her eyes, it was undetectable in her nose.
This new study attributed this to the possibility that the virus can last longer in the eyes than in the nose or respiratory system, meaning that secretions from a COVID-19 infected person’s eyes can be a transmission source for this virus.
As studies continue and we begin to discover more about this new, highly contagious, and infectious virus, it is important to protect yourself and build healthy habits.
According to this study, “These findings highlight the importance of control measures, such as avoiding touching the nose, mouth, and eyes and frequent hand washing.”
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