Do NOT cry us a river during this pandemic, ’cause it could cost you your life — or at the very least … possibly infect you with coronavirus, according to a new scientific study.
A team of docs and lab heads over at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine released a new report suggesting eyes and the surrounding tissues might very well be perfect gateways for COVID-19 to get inside us — this after they examined dead people.
Long story short … the scientists studied a group of 10 cadavers — who did not die from anything coronavirus-related — and found that their eyes and the area underneath their eyelids produced a solid amount ACE2 — an enzyme known to facilitate COVID-19’s permeation of the human body. This enzyme is found in lots of places — like in the mouth and lungs — but until now, it wasn’t known our eyes had ’em in such copious amounts.
That’s a huge problem, obviously — but it gets worse. There’s another enzyme called TMPRSS2 which further helps the virus slip through our pores and blood vessels … and the John Hopkins crew found that our eyes have a crap-ton of that floating around as well.
Here’s the kicker … the group goes so far as to say that tears could possibly be a way of transmitting the virus and spreading to surfaces and/or to the others — depending on where you’re crying. For the record, this new study has not been peer-reviewed by others yet.
Still, it’s scary to think about. Of course, we’ve heard the pros tell us not to rub our eyes during these times — now, ya have even more reason to refrain from an eye scratch.
Talk about see no evil, huh?