People who wear glasses are three times less likely to catch Covid, study claims
You’re three times less likely to catch Covid if you wear glasses, a bombshell new study into the deadly disease.
That’s the astounding results recorded by researchers based in India.
Research in the report suggests those of us that wear spectacles touch our eyes less often, which is a “significant route of infection”.
The study found that people touch their faces an average of 23 times per hour, while we tend to touch our eyes three times an hour.
“Transmission occurs by touching the face, nose, mouth and eyes,” said lead researcher Amit Kumar Saxena.
“Touching one’s nose and mouth is significantly reduced when wearing a face mask properly. But wearing a face mask does not protect the eyes.
“Touching and rubbing of the eyes with contaminated hands may be a significant route of infection for the virus.
“The risk of Covid-19 was two to three times less in the spectacles-wearing population than the population not using spectacles.
“This might be due to less touching and rubbing of eyes while wearing spectacles.
“The protective role of spectacles was found statistically significant.“
The news comes a day after PM Boris Johnson revealed all UK adults are set to be offered a Covid jab by July 31.
The Prime Minister said the accelerated rollout would help protect the most vulnerable from coronavirus sooner and, in news that will be music to all our ears, enable the easing of some restrictions.
Adults aged 50 and over – as well as those with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk – will be offered a vaccine by April 15 at the latest under the expedited plans.
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