Do Safety Glasses Protect Against the COVID-19 Virus?
No matter what your chosen career field or in what type of environment you report to work, COVID-19 has changed ideals regarding safety in the workplace. Whether you work in a quiet office or in the confines of the 5th story of an incomplete steel structure, every day you report to work you consider the virus. Will you need a mask today, or is the virus once again waning in your locality? These are important questions to ask. People have even pondered whether or not prescription safety glasses can add an extra level of protection against the virus.
How COVID-19 Spreads
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), COVID-19 can be spread several ways.
- It can be spread when a person inhales droplets in the air that contain the virus. These droplets are dispensed by an infected person nearby.
- It can spread when these particles come in direct contact with the eyes through a sneeze or cough.
- It can also be spread when you touch an object that was previously touched by an infected person and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
All three of these avenues for infection happen when you are in close proximity to someone who already has the virus.
How Prescription Safety Glasses Can Help Protect Against COVID-19
Wearing safety glasses can help protect against 2 of the 3 avenues listed for infection. If you are wearing safety glasses when someone near you sneezes or coughs, then the droplets don’t have an entry point to infect you through your eyes.
If you’re wearing safety glasses, it’s also not possible to rub your eyes. The prevents the virus from entering your body after touching an infected surface.
However, safety glasses can’t protect your nose and mouth. While wearing prescription safety glasses can provide protection for your eyes, in order to fully protect yourself you should also wear a quality mask.
Other Safe Practices in Addition to Safety Glasses
COVID-19 could be around for a while, so being equipped with the best level of protection is in everyone’s interest. To protect not only yourself, but those around you, there are several things you can do to maximize your protection against the virus.
- Get vaccinated and get boosters as they become available. Studies show that people who have been vaccinated are not only less likely to become infected with the virus, but they are also less likely to experience severe illness when they do become sick.
- While mask mandates will vary by location, not wearing a mask leaves you at greater risk for illness. Wearing a mask will always provide a greater level of protection.
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid indoor crowds.
Of course, the greatest level of protection is staying home and avoiding people altogether, but understandably people want to see family and friends, and some workplaces can’t function if employees don’t show up in person. By practicing safety first, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to enjoy being in the company of others.
Finding the Right Safety Frames for Your Work
Not all safety frames are created equal, and different styles will provide varying levels and areas of protection. Whether you need safety glasses for the job site or for protection against infection, Safety Gear Pro has a large selection of quality safety glasses available with prescription and non-prescription lenses.