Pink eye could be rare symptom of COVID-19, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology

When we first began to hear about the novel coronavirus, health officials warned the public to look out for a sore throat, shortness of breath, and fever, but as time has gone on and we’ve learned more about the virus doctors are learning there might be more symptoms associated with the deadly virus.

The symptom is considered rare.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recently released a report suggesting that conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, may be a rare symptom of COVID-19.

“Several reports suggest the virus can cause a mild follicular conjunctivitis otherwise indistinguishable from other viral causes, and possibly be transmitted by aerosol contact with conjunctiva.”

A CNN report told the story of how all the sickest patients at Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington had red eyes.

In their report, AAO said that until that can be confirmed, pink eye as a symptom of COVID-19 is considered rare.

Be on the lookout

However, since pink eye is a common problem and ophthalmologists could be the first doctors to treat a person who potentially has COVID-19, doctors must take every necessary precaution, including asking patients about travel history and if they are experiencing a fever or respiratory symptoms.

While not all cases of pink eye are the result of COVID-19, this is something to keep in mind. We are learning new things about this virus every day.

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