Novel coronavirus can survive in the human eye for up to a few weeks, Italian researchers say. Scientists at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Italy analyzed the infected and found coronavirus in their eyes.
According to the British media Independent, a 65-year-old woman was healthy when she returned to Italy from Wuhan, China. She had no symptoms. But a few weeks later, when her eyes started to swell, she came to the hospital with bloodshot eyes. The doctor then examined her tears.
Scientists then found coronavirus in the sample. They were surprised to find that the woman had coronavirus in her eyes for at least 21 days.
Researchers in Italy say they have discovered that the woman’s tears were a potential source of infection. This, they say, suggests that the eyes, along with other parts of the human body, may be the gateway to coronavirus infection.
Researchers in Italy are emphasizing the importance of not touching the eyes, mouth and nose with your hands to avoid infection. Scientists have said from the beginning that corona is a microorganism that cannot be seen with the naked eye. It can adapt to any situation. So far, the coronavirus has transformed itself 360 times and taken on deadly forms.