COVID-19 is highly contagious: Criticism over inadequate protection for medical personnel followed reports Wednesday that a quarantine officer who screened people aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Yokohama tested positive for COVID-19. Experts are also speculating that the protective gear worn by the officer was insufficient. Officials from the health ministry have said it was essential to check whether protective measures by medical personnel against the virus are sufficient. “We’d like to promptly evaluate whether (the infected officer) was adequately protected or not but at this point I can’t give further comments,” a senior official told reporters Wednesday.
According to the health ministry, the officer was dispatched to collect health questionnaires from passengers on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 and to check their temperature. The officer spent the next two days working at a quarantine station and started to feel ill Sunday. He went to a clinic the following day and tested positive Tuesday. (article continues – Japan Times)
On January 24, 2020 – Dr. Wang Guanga warned Chinese health officials that he had been infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus through his eyes but his dire warning fell on deaf ears.
Chinese doctor Wang Guangfa fears he may have contracted the SARS-like infection because he wasn’t wearing protective goggles. Leading experts confirmed it is ‘absolutely possible,’ saying the virus can enter the eyes by touching them – if it is on a patient’s hands. And they even warned the virus – thought to be spread through sneezes and coughs – can roam through the body to reach the eye. –Daily Mail