Medical experts say opticals may help prevent you from contracting COVID-19.
If you've been forgetting to pop your reading glasses on - it's time to set a reminder, because they could quite literally save your life. Well, in theory anyway.
According to medical professionals, donning glasses - either shades or the prescription variety - may help prevent you from contracting the virus.
“Glasses can provide barrier protection against splashes or droplets, so in theory they could protect from SARS-CoV-2 exposure,” Lucy Wilson, a professor in the department of emergency health services at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, told The Huffington Post.
“Mucous membranes, including in the eye area, are a common way the coronavirus can enter the body.”
It may seem far-fetched, but it kind of makes sense to switch your contact lenses for your spectacles as you're less likely to touch your face.
"Wearing glasses could help prevent people from touching their faces, especially their eyes,” Wilson said.
However, she did point out that some may adjust their glasses, which "would increase the frequency of face touching.”
The bottom line is - the more protective gear we've got - and as long as they're sanitised, we have less chances of contracting coronavirus.
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