The Supervisor of the Takoradi Veterinary Laboratory, Dr. Simon Gbene, has revealed that the COVID-19 new variant can be transmitted through the eyes, hence they should be protected.
He has since cautioned the public to careful with the eyes as the new source of COVID-19 transmission.
According to him, about 90% of COVID-19 positive samples taken from the Takoradi Veterinary Laboratory have been confirmed by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research to be the new B117 UK variant.
“Currently we are looking at the root of transmission. Most people are much concerned with the nose and the mouth; from my study, I am realizing that the eye is also an important rule that we should look at. When you interview people, it seems they follow all the protocols leaving the eye uncovered,” he stated.
He added that “Western region has a lot of international companies, especially with the oil industry in the region; so a lot of people coming from abroad come to Accra and fly straight to Western region. That could be a possible reason why the new variant is coming to our place.”
He, however, did not provide details on his study on the matter.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks.
One can also become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.
As far as the eyes are concerned, it is believed the virus could be transmitted through the tear ducts that connect the eyes to the nasal cavity and subsequently infect the respiratory cells.
Story by: Diana Nutsugah | universnewsroom.com