Wearing glasses may help protect you from the coronavirus, but it's not worth getting them if you don't need them for vision

Posted On: Sep 18, 2020   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Wearing glasses may help protect you from the coronavirus, but it's not worth getting them if you don't need them for vision

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Needing glasses to go about your daily life can be a minor annoyance, but the frames may have an added bonus during the pandemic, a small study in JAMA Ophthalmology suggests.
In the study, published September 16, researchers in China looked at 276 hospitalized COVID-19 patients and found that less than 6% regularly wore glasses; all those who did so had myopia, or nearsightedness.
Compared to the 31.5% of the population estimated to need glasses for the same reason, the study authors suggested that people who wear glasses for at least eight hours a day may be less likely to contract COVID-19.
"These findings suggest that the eye may be an important infection route for COVID-19, and more attention should be paid to preventive measures such as frequent handwashing and avoiding touching the eyes," the researchers wrote.
Experts say it's understandable why eye protection may be linked to coronavirus protection, but it's too soon to suggest everyone shield their eyes.
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