Q&A: Transmission of COVID-19 and what it means for ophthalmic safety

A study recently published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine by Kenrie P.Y. Hui, PhD, and colleagues compared infection, replication competence, tropism and pathogenesis of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 with other respiratory pathogens.
Among their findings, the researchers reported the conjunctival epithelium may be an additional portal of infection for the virus.
Ophthalmologists are at risk for infection of the virus due to the face-to-face nature of examinations and ocular surgery. Healio/OSN asked Francis S. Mah, MD, an OSN Cornea/External Disease Board Member, to discuss the findings

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