Mount Sinai Study Finds COVID-19 Can Infect the Eye

Mount Sinai Study Finds COVID-19 Can Infect the Eye

Although aerosol transmission is considered the primary cause of COVID-19 infection, a study published last month by researchers at Mount Sinai indicates that the virus may also be transmitted through the eye, the  American Journal of Managed Care reports.

Researchers examined adult human eye donor cells obtained via autopsy of patients who had COVID-19. Analysis via RNA sequencing confirmed that the virus infected the ocular surface cells, with the protein associated with infection, ACE2, and an enzyme that facilitates viral entry, TMPRSS2, also identified.

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