Corona pandemic: Mouth and nose protective masks – Increased risk of eye herpes – Health

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Expert considers possibility of infection very unlikely
For some time now, some critics of the Corona restrictions have been mobilising against the masks that have to be worn in shops and on the train.

Sometimes the truth is not taken too seriously:

For some weeks now, the so-called “mask obligation” has been in force in all German states, which is intended to help contain infections with the novel corona virus SARS-CoV-2.

Although this measure is supported by the majority of the population, criticism of it is heard from time to time.

Some of them are very bizarre.

Recently it has been read or heard more often that wearing a mouth and nose protector increases the risk of an eye herpes infection.

But is this really true? What do experts say?

Does wearing a mouth guard really increase the risk of eye herpes infection?

According to the Essen-based physician Ludger Wollring, press spokesman for the German Ophthalmological Association, only someone who has active herpes blisters on their lips could theoretically be infected by the air they breathe under their mouthguard.

However, he considers this possibility to be very unlikely.

His association is not aware of any such cases or studies on the problem.

Eye herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1, which is carried by between 80 and 90 percent of adults in Germany.

A typical way of transmission is, for example, when parents kiss their child good night.

More often they infect the lips, less often the eyes.

Often the first infection does not trigger any symptoms.

Important note:
This article contains only general information and should not be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment.

It cannot replace a visit to the doctor.

When at rest, the herpes virus remains at the nerve endings in the brain.

It can break out with visible blisters on the eyes when the immune system is weakened by another disease or stress.

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