While Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc throughout the globe, a current research suggests that the virus can infect the ear as properly. The research, which was revealed within the scientific journal JAMA, was primarily based on the post-mortem carried out on three sufferers who died from Covid-19. The findings revealed the virus’ presence inside the center ear and within the mastoid space of the top. The mastoid is a hole bone behind the ear.
The analysis was carried out with the team eradicating the mastoids from the deceased sufferers’ our bodies and taking specimens from their center ears. Mastoid specimens from two sufferers examined optimistic for SARS-CoV-2.
“Two of the 3 patients tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus in the mastoid or middle ear, with viral isolation from 2 of 6 mastoids and 3 of 6 middle ears. Results for case 1 were positive for the right middle ear only. Case 2 had negative results for all samples,” the research acknowledged.
“This study confirms the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus in the middle ear and mastoid, with significant implications for otolaryngology procedures,” it added.
The team requires taking correct precautions to cease the unfold of an infection in sufferers visiting hospitals or throughout surgical procedures.
“Droplet precautions (including eye protection and proper N95 level mask) are warranted for outpatient procedures involving the middle ear due to proximity to these potentially infectious spaces. Given the high asymptomatic rate of Covid-19 cases, caution is warranted for all elective ear surgery, and negative status by testing is indicated,” the research acknowledged.