Can the virus entered through a cut in the skin or be sexually transmitted or is it uniquely a respiratory infection and how do you account for it entering through the eyes?




Answered by Dr. Alon Vaisman, Infection Control Physician, UHN.
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Question:
Can the virus entered through a cut in the skin or be sexually transmitted or is it uniquely a respiratory infection and how do you account for it entering through the eyes?

Answer:
Yeah it's a good question as far as we know COVID is not a blood-borne infection nor is it sexually transmitted. So the way you would you pick up the virus is by having it come in contact with you mucous membranes usually the nose or the throat or the mouth I suppose it's also...

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Original air date: May 7, 2020. Information shared in this video was current at time of original broadcast.

Dr. Alon Vaisman:
Yeah it's a good question as far as we know COVID is not a blood-borne infection nor is it sexually transmitted. So the way you would you pick up the virus is by having it come in contact with you mucous membranes usually the nose or the throat or the mouth I suppose it's also possible to come through the eyes to make contact with the mucous membranes of your eyes that would just be not a common way for it to infect you. It just simply but far more common for it to be going through your airway because that's where the virus attacks that's the cell types and your lungs or the lining of your airway is where the virus can actually attack and cause problems. Although sexually transmission I suppose it's possible we and haven't been established of course by virtual being closest more likely to pick up the virus that way that's far more likely to be the mode of transmission than say through a like direct sexual intercourse for example. But no through the skin it hasn't been identified as a source of infection directly through the skin into the blood unlike other viral infections.


[Transcript copy is verbatim per the video]
Original air date: May 7, 2020. Information shared in this video was current at time of original broadcast.




Answered by Dr. Alon Vaisman, Infection Control Physician, UHN.
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