Pink eye or conjunctivitis could be a symptom of COVID 19

Sun Online Desk

20th April, 2021 12:54:46 printer

Pink eye or conjunctivitis could be a symptom of COVID 19

Recently, it has been observed that pink eye may be another symptom of COVID 19, especially in children, says Dr Vikas Maurya, director and HOD, pulmonology, Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh in India.

Besides, mouth and nose, it has been found that the coronavirus can spread through the eyes too.

A study, published in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, determined that conjunctivitis and keratoconjunctivitis can also be a symptom of COVID-19 besides the usual symptoms including fever, dry cough, and tiredness, aches and pains, sore throat, headache and loss of taste or smell, The Indian Express reported.

What to keep in mind?

According to Dr Maurya, though the early stage of COVID 19 does not show pink eye as a symptom, it only happens in the advanced stage with some other respiratory problems. “In this situation, it is recommended to do an RT-PCR test,” he said.

Few tips for keeping eyes safe during the pandemic

*We must avoid gathering, wear a mask always whenever in public and maintain social distancing

*We need to wash our hands and eyes frequently

*We have to avoid rubbing our eyes or touching our face frequently

*If possible, we have to protect our eyes with glasses instead of contact lenses.

*”As it is a challenging time for all of us, it’s best not to take any risk and contact the doctor as soon as we start observing any symptoms.