Joy gospels for those who wear vision glasses, According to a new study, they may be at reduced risk of being infected with the coronavirus.
How reduced? At least two (maybe three) times smaller, compared to those who do not suffer from a refractive error to wear glasses.
The new study also provides a possible explanation for this. As is well known, the young coronavirus is transmitted mainly by infected droplets sprayed by those suffering from it through speech, coughing or sneezing. When we inhale them or also when we infect our hands by grasping objects and then bringing them to our eyes, nose or mouth, the vicious cycle of infection continues. This is where glasses come into our equation, as their users touch their face less often, reports the Mirror.
The new study was conducted on 304 patients hospitalized for coronavirus in a hospital India. 223 of them were men, while the age of the participants ranged from 10 to 80 years.
The researchers asked them to complete special questionnaires about vision and the use of corrective glasses. A total of 19% said they wore corrective glasses daily. However, the total percentage of Indians who wear corrective glasses is 40%.
As the researchers note in their article, previous studies have shown that the average person tends to touch his face an average of 23 times an hour and his eyes an average of 3 times an hour.
So maybe glasses reduce the risk of getting infected with the coronavirus because they prevent us from touching our eyes so often, they say. In any case, one of the measures we should all take, whether we wear glasses or not, is not to touch our face unless we first soap / disinfect our hands.
The new study has not yet been evaluated by a panel of experts to be published in a medical review, but you can see it posted on the medRxiv website.
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