Good news, glasses wearers: Your glasses may provide you with some additional protection from novel coronaviruses, according to the findings of a new study.

In a report published earlier this month on the pre-print site Medicative, The researchers said that people who wear glasses for at least eight hours during the day are less likely to contract the novel disease because they touch their eyes less often than those who do not wear glasses.

In a report published earlier this month on the pre-print site MedRixive, researchers said that people who wear glasses for at least eight hours during the day are less likely to contract the novel disease because they lose sight of their eyes. Touch less than people who don't wear glasses.  (IStock)

In a report published earlier this month on the pre-print site MedRixive, researchers said that people who wear glasses for at least eight hours during the day are less likely to contract the novel disease because they lose sight of their eyes. Touch less than people who don’t wear glasses. (IStock)

COVID-19 mainly spreads when a sick person coughs, sneezes, or even interacts with infectious particles that pose a threat to healthy individuals, so should they breathe in those infectious particles (hence the mask Importance of wear and measures of social deformity). However, the virus can also spread through the membrane protecting your eyes, namely the conjunctiva.

Researchers wrote, “Touching and rubbing the eyes with contaminated hands can cause SARS-COV-2 virus infection.”

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For the study, the researchers surveyed just over 300 people who were hospitalized due to COVID-19 in India. The patients, aged between 10 and 80, were asked about the habits of wearing glasses. According to the report, about 60 patients were identified as “longtime glasses wearers”.

By the end, the researchers concluded that those who wear glasses were two to three less likely to contract COVID-19 than those who do not wear glasses.

“This current study showed that the risk of COVID-19 was 2–3 times lower than the population wearing glasses who did not use glasses. [The] The protective role of glasses was found to be statistically significant if they were used [a] Long periods of day, ”or more than eight hours, he concluded.

Findings of previous research conducted on this topic. For example, in a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology in September, Chinese researchers also found that people who wear glasses for daily periods may be less susceptible to COVID-19.

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According to reports published in recent years, the prevalence of myopia [or nearsightedness] China now has more than 80% of the population, “the study authors wrote at the time.” Wearing glasses is common among Chinese individuals of all ages. However, since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan in December 2019, we noticed that some patients with spectacles were admitted to hospital wards. “

Granthshala News’ Kayla Rivas contributed to this report.