SAQ: Can you get COVID-19 through your eyes?

Your COVID-19 questions answered

SAQ: Can you get COVID-19 from your eyes?
SAQ: Can you get COVID-19 from your eyes?

COVID-19 is most commonly spread through droplets from a sneeze or a cough. We’ve been told it’s important to wash our hands often and to avoid touching our mouths and noses because we could unknowingly be giving the virus a way into our bodies. But one KSAT viewer wanted to know if the virus can get into our bodies through our eyes?

According to Dr. Robert A. Frolichstein, an emergency room physician with Methodist hospitals in San Antonio, it is possible.

“The chances of you getting it with only eye contact is less than nasal contact or mouth contact, but it certainly can happen,” Dr. Frolichstein said.

Frolichstein said it’s why health care professionals wear protective glasses or shields.

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About the Authors:

Steve Spriester started at KSAT in 1995 as a general assignments reporter. Now, he anchors the station's top-rated 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Alyssa Medina has worked at KSAT since 2016 and is the Video on demand producer. She creates exclusive content for the KSAT-TV streaming app. Some of her most notable contributions focus on race and culture or health and wellness. She's created the segments 'Creating Black History in S.A.' and 'New Week. New You."