Experts have described COVID-19 new symptom, Canadian Ophthalmological Society reported referring to a new study.
Thus, unusual redness of the eyes may be one of the COVID-19 symptoms.
Canadian specialists found eye redness, watery discharge and photophobia in a 29-year-old hospitalized patient. Before returning to Canada on February 29, she spent a month in the Philippines and one day in San Francisco.
"On March 1, 18 hours after returning from her trip, she developed rhinorrhea, cough, nasal congestion, and right eye conjunctivitis; she denied any fever though took over-the-counter antipyretic medication which may have masked a mild fever. Her travel partner developed a cough and rhinorrhea soon after she did (although he has tested negative for coronavirus disease 2019 [COVID-19])," specialists noted.
After a few days, the symptoms worsened, and the woman was sent to the ophthalmologic clinic. A conjunctival swab of the affected eye was positive for the SAR-CoV-2 virus.
According to the authors, the case proves that additional measures must be taken to identify unusual symptoms of coronavirus infection to prevent its spread.
They recommend therapists, ophthalmologists and other specialists to pay attention to conjunctivitis in patients, especially if they have recently returned from another country.