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Research finds wearing glasses may reduce chances of catching COVID-19

Scientists in Northern India have suggested that spectacle wearers have a two to three times lower risk of contracting COVID-19 than those who do not wear glasses

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A new pre-print study published on medRxiv has highlighted that wearing glasses may help to protect an individual from contracting COVID-19.

Researchers determined that a glasses-wearing population in Northern India had a two to three times lower risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than those who do not wear spectacles.

The authors highlighted that the virus is mainly spread through respiratory droplets and contact routes.

“Long term use of spectacles may prevent repeated touching and rubbing of the eyes,” the scientists noted.

Touching and rubbing of the eyes may be a significant route of viral infection, the authors observed.

“It is advised that the health care workers should use face shields and goggles to protect their eyes. Wearing spectacles does not protect the eyes as much as the goggles, yet it may provide some degree of protection,” the authors emphasised.