You can catch COVID-19 if an infected person coughs or sneezes and contagious droplets enter your nose or mouth. But can you become ill if the virus lands in your eyes?
Virologist Joseph Fair, PhD, an NBC News contributor, raised that concern when he became critically ill with COVID-19, according to a WebMD report. From a hospital bed in his hometown of New Orleans, he told the network that he had flown on a crowded plane where flight attendants weren’t wearing masks. He wore a mask and gloves, but no eye protection.
“My best guess,” he told the interviewer, “was that it came through the eye route.”