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STUDY REVEALS THAT COVID-19 CAN INFECT EARS While Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc across the globe, a recent study suggests that the virus can infect the ear as well. The study, which was published in the scientific journal JAMA, was based on the autopsy carried out on three patients who died from Covid-19. The findings revealed the virus’ presence inside the middle ear and in the mastoid area of the head. The mastoid is a hollow bone behind the ear.
The research was carried out with the team removing the mastoids from the deceased patients bodies and taking specimen from their middle ears .
Mastoid specimen from deceased patients tested positive for SARS-COV-2. This study confirms the presence of SARS-COV-2 virus in the middle ear and mastoid with significant implications for otolaryngology procedures
Droplets precautions as per the protocol are warranted for O.P.D procedures involving middle ear due to proximity of the potentially infectious spaces .Given the high asymptomatic rate of COVID-19 cases , caution is warranted for all elective ear surgeries and negative status by testing is indicated