If there is one group of people who know all the consequences of dirty hands, it is the one that uses contact lenses.
According to the CDC, 13% of US contact lenses users newer wash their hands before removing their lenses. Even with washing their hands, 33% of lens users get at least one eye infection during life.
One out of 500 users is diagnosed with Keratitis, a serious eye infection which can lead to blindness.
With COVID19 (Corona) virus now being a major health topic in the world, one of the most often given pieces of advice is to keep your hands clean.
Contact lenses users must be aware that one of the fastest ways to contract a virus is through the eyes.
Besides keeping your hands clean at all times, other advice applies as well.
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.