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Coronavirus Transmission Through the Eyes

New research is indicating it is possible to get coronavirus exposure through the eyes.

Potentially, droplets from an infected person can end up in a person's mouth, nose, and eyes and travel to the lungs, according to the CDC. Mucous membranes, like the eyes, are the most susceptible areas for viral transmission.

Joseph Fair, Ph.D., Virologist, and NBC News contributor, raised concern about exposure through the eyes when he became critically ill with COVID-19. In an interview from a hospital bed in New Orleans, Dr. Fair said that he had flown on a crowded plane wearing a mask and gloves, but no eye protection. ...

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