Author Topic: Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Confirmed 2019 Novel Coro  (Read 18 times)

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This is from the CDC; it's long so I won't post it.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control.html

One important thing is their recommendation of: Adherence to Standard, Contact, and Airborne Precautions, Including the Use of Eye Protection.

Early in reporting, one of the infected doctors thought he had gotten it through eye contact. He claimed to have had conjunctivitis as a first symptom but I haven't seen that mentioned anywhere else. It also does not seem to be a symptom so maybe his case was just a coincidence.

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Transmission through the eye has been established fact for other respiratory viruses:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17050596

"Viral infection of the lungs through the eye."

"These results establish the eye as a major gateway of respiratory infection and a respiratory virus as a bona fide eye pathogen"

So its not surprising that goggles are recommended as PPE when dealing with viruses like SARS/MERS/2019nCoV