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Do eye glasses block COVID?

If you are like me, I hate wearing facemasks because my glasses are always fogging up. But recently a new study has suggested that people who wear glasses are two to three time less likely to catch COVID.

Study Finds explains:

UTTAR PRADESH, India — Wearing glasses with a face mask can definitely be a chore for some people. Fogged up spectacles are a constant inconvenience for many who have to go outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite those issues, a new report has some good news for glasses wearers — they’re much less likely to contract COVID-19.

Ophthalmologist Amit Kumar Saxena of India finds people regularly wearing eyeglasses are up to three times less likely to catch the illness. There is plenty of research showing that the SARSCoV-2 virus travels from person to person through infectious particles. These typically spread through coughs, sneezes, and even talking as aerosols fly out of the mouth and into someone’s nose.

What many tend to forget is the virus can also enter the body through the membrane which covers the front of the eye — the conjunctiva. According to the pre-print study — meaning it has not been peer-reviewed yet — protective frames may be keeping coronavirus particles out of the eyes, especially ones which linger on that person’s own hands.

READ: People wearing glasses 2-3 times less likely to be infected with COVID-19

In fact, if this glass study proves to be true, they may be a more effective deterrent to the spread of COVID than facemasks, if this study from Denmark is any indication. READ: Two top Oxford academics accuse Facebook of censorship for branding their article on whether masks work ‘false information’

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