I think we’ve all got the message about frequent handwashing to avoid the spread of coronavirus. Wearing a Personal Protective Ionic Air Purifier will also substantially reduce the risk of inhaling respiratory droplets from an infected person.
But the virus particles that spray into another person’s face can also enter through your eyes. You can also become infected by touching something that has the virus on it - a doorknob or lift button for example - and then touching or rubbing your eyes. Those infected with coronavirus can also spread the illness through their tears. Touching tears or a surface where tears have landed can be another way in for infection.
Here are 3 ways to guard your eyes and slow the spread of COVID-19:
- If you wear contact lenses, switch to specs.
Contact lens wearers touch their eyes more than the average person. Wearing glasses instead will stop you touching your eyes so much, especially if you tend to touch your eyes a lot when your contacts are in.
Wearing specs, which are a physical barrier, can make you pause and stop you touching your eyes. It also means that respiratory droplets cannot go directly in your eye
2. Wear wraparound sunglasses.
If you don't wear prescription glasses, sunglasses can do the same job.
Ordinary sunnies won't of course provide 100% security. The virus can still reach your eyes from the exposed sides, tops and bottoms. So, particularly if you’re caring for a sick patient or potentially exposed person, safety goggles or the tight seal of Wraparound Sunglasses specially designed to block out environmental pollutants will offer a stronger defence.
3. Avoid rubbing your eyes.
We all do it, it’s a natural habit. Wearing glasses or sunnies will help you pause and so lower your risk of infection. If you feel an urge to itch or rub your eye or even to adjust your glasses, use a tissue instead of your fingers. Dry eyes can lead to more rubbing, so wear the Wraparound Sunglasses (they have a padded moisture chamber) or add moisturising drops to your eye routine, washing your hands first with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.