Sensitivity to lights, irritation, redness and discharge may all be signs that the COVID-19 Coronavirus has
infected the eyes. Other conditions, though, can also cause these same symptoms.
"The virus is transmitted person-to-person through either direct contact or an exchange of bodily fluids. A
new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 17, 2020 found that viable virus could
be detected up to three hours later in the air, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up
to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel".
COVID-19 is a new virus that has never occurred in people before. As a result, we do not have treatments to
fight it or vaccines to prevent it. Our bodies are highly susceptible to the COVID-19 Coronavirus
because of the novel nature of the virus.
According to the latest information, every new case of COVID-19 Coronavirus will produce another three to
four new cases.
"Apart from the death rate, the secondary attack rate of transmission of a virus is an important number to
monitor. This number (R0, pronounced R-nought or r-zero) serves as an indicator of how easy the disease
spreads from person-to-person, as indicated by its reproductive number, which represents the average
number of people who will catch the disease from a single infected person. An outbreak with a reproductive
number of below 1.0 will gradually disappear. As of February 10, 2020, the R0 of COVID-19 has been reported
as high as 4.08. Preliminary studies had estimated R0 to be between 1.5 and 3.5. Based on these numbers, on
average every case of COVID-19 would create three to four new cases".
Discharge from the eyes and tears are a potential source of contamination. The eye is a route of exposure.
So, in order to reduce the spread of the virus, do not rub or touch your eyes.
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