NEW STUDY Wearing glasses reduces the risk of coronavirus infection three times

The disease is transmitted by touching the face, nose, mouth and eyes

The protection the glasses provide in the fight against the new coronavirus pandemic is statistically significant, say Indian scientists in a study published in the medRxiv scientific repository and awaiting scientific reviews, writes Zimo.

The same study claims that the poorer and less educated part of the population is at higher risk of contracting the new coronavirus because they ‘inadequately adhere to prevention guidelines’ and because they have a habit of using glasses less than educated people.

The current study showed a risk of COVID-19 two to three times lower in the population wearing glasses than in the population not wearing them, points out Amit Kumar Saxena, one of the authors of the study.

The protective role of goggles is statistically significant if they are used for a long period during the day. Touching and rubbing the eyes with contaminated hands can be a significant route of infection, he adds.

The study points out that people touch the face on average 23 times an hour and the eyes three times in the same period.

The disease is transmitted by touching the face, nose, mouth and eyes. Touching the nose and mouth is significantly reduced by wearing the mask in the right way. But wearing masks does not protect the eyes, according to the study.

304 COVID patients participated in the study, and their glasses wearing habits were assessed on the basis of a questionnaire and compared with existing studies conducted on the general population.

The researchers who conducted the study say 58 patients out of a total of 304 wore glasses continuously during outdoor activities.

The study recommends that healthcare professionals use face shields and medical goggles to protect their eyes as well.