Western Regional Director of the Veterinary Service, Dr Simon Gbene, says the new COVID-19 variant in the Western Region is transmitted mainly through the eyes.
According to him, it is not enough for people to wear a face mask for protection against the new COVID-19 variant but, must ensure everyone they come in contact with are doing same.
He explained that the genetic sequence on most of the samples proves that the new variant was present in the Western region and urged residents to be cautious.
“One thing I have seen about the variant is that it can be transmitted through the eyes, the mouth and the nose. Now, we have to protect our eyes too”, Dr. Gbene advised.
He added that people who get infected with the new variant suffer extra symptoms.
“The symptoms are just like malaria and the only difference here is that you suffer the loss of smell and this new variant is more infectious than what we know”.
“The only way you can protect your eyes is by respecting the social distancing policy. With this new variant, we need to protect our eyes.
If someone has the virus and he speaks to you without the mask on and particles of saliva lands on your eyes, you will be infected.
“You need to protect your eyes and you need to be very careful where you go, especially if those you’re meeting with are not wearing face masks”, he reiterated.
Some weeks ago, the new variant of the novel coronavirus was detected within the country.
This was made known by President Akufo-Addo during his 22nd national update on the fight against the pandemic in Ghana.
“Recent genomic sequencing undertaken by our scientists have established that some arriving passengers tested positive for new variants of COVID-19,” he said.
By: Naa Ayorkor Laryea