The Wuhan romance coronavirus outbreak is a new disease that causes massive panic worldwide. Scientists are still trying to assess how exactly the virus spreads from person to person, but it has been suggested that it can be transmitted through the eyes. So, what is the best way for people to protect themselves?
Dr. Richard Dawood, from Fleet Street Clinic he spoke with Express.co.uk during an exclusive interview, offering his expert opinion on this coronavirus strain, how it spread and how people should better protect themselves.
Dr. Richard said: “We believe that the coronavirus is spread by secretions and droplets, coughed or expired by a person suffering from infection.
"In a medical environment that involves close contact with a sick person, medical staff may be at high risk of infection and may need to wear eye protection when providing care.
"However, eye protection is not normally considered appropriate for the general public and in normal environments."
Express.co.uk asked if this means that eye protection is not necessary to protect yourself, to which Dr. Richard replied: “This is not necessary in a normal social environment.
"Doctors and nurses wear visors and / or eye protectors during close contact with sick people who need treatment."
It was previously stated by Wang Guagnfa, a leading figure in helping China fight the SARS epidemic in 2013, which caught the virus.
He claimed that the disease spread through the eyes. Guagnfa believes he was infected because he did not wear the proper goggles, revealing that the virus could spread through his eyes.
Dr. Richard, however, believes that goggles are not routinely needed and are definitely not needed to protect our eyes from the virus.
Dr. Richard added: “It is serious enough to justify a robust response to public health – finding and isolating cases to reduce spread.
"We need a measured response aimed at controlling it – without causing panic or offering false guarantees.
"The smart answer is somewhere in between."