Study says wearing glasses could cut your risk of catching Covid-19

A new study claims that wearing glasses could lower your risk of Covid-19.

Researchers from Suizhou Zengdu Hospital in Suizhou, China, analysed 276 coronavirus patients at a hospital in China’s Hubei province.

They found that only six per cent wore glasses for more than eight hours a day.

In comparison, 31.5% of the general population in Hubei wear glasses, reports The Mirror.

In the study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, the researchers, led by Weibiao Zeng, said: “In this cohort study of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Suizhou, China, the proportion of inpatients with COVID-19 who wore glasses for extended daily periods (>8 h/d) was smaller than that in the general population, suggesting that daily wearers of eyeglasses may be less susceptible to COVID-19.”

But Dr Lisa Maragakis, an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, explained that the study has a number of limitations.

This includes the fact that it only included patients from one hospital, and the sample size was small.

Dr Maragakis called for more studies to confirm the findings and to determine “whether there is any incremental benefit to wearing eyeglasses or other forms of eye protection in public settings, in addition to wearing a mask and physical distancing, to reduce the risk of acquiring [COVID-19].”

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