COVID-19 triggers common ailments such as the common cold and complicated ones such as kidney failure or pneumonia.
In the case of not feeling too well, it is preferable to get in touch with your doctor. Even on suspicion that you have conjunctivitis.
It is of great suggestion that patients should put calls through to their eye care centres before proceeding to the facilities in order to curb the spread of the pandemic.
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A phone call gives the health centres ample time to prepare for an incoming patient so that they can attend to him/her properly.
Very much like the way the flu spreads when someone sneezes or coughs as the droplets generated get into the body opening such as the eye, nose ad mouth. This gets into the lungs and starts its gradual damage.
Some medical experts around the world are in doubt if an individual can actually contract the virus when in contact with objects like table and doorknob that has the virus as it has shown that COVID-19 can last on objects surface for up to 48 hours.
Wang Guangfa, a Peking University respiratory specialist had reported that after he contracted the virus, his left eye became inflamed.
Subsequently, he was diagonised of the coronavirus following an intense fever.
Wang thinks that he contracted the virus through his left eye as a result of him failing to use protective eyewear.
Respiratory droplets coming from an infected person might have probably reached Wang’s eye or via other mucous membranes.
The transmission of COVID-19 comes with other uncertainties, but according to Dr. Stephen Thomas, chief of infectious diseases at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York., the possibility of contracting the virus via hand-to-eye contact is minimal.
However, at Viewpoint Specialist Eyecentres we implore all to keep to the healthy guidelines stated by the WHO and NCDC here in Nigeria.
It is better to observe all preventive measures to ensure one’s safety at this time.