It was months ago and we are still facing the damage that coronavirus, the deadly pandemic, has done. With more than 1.2 million confirmed cases and nearly 70,000 deaths worldwide, COVID-19's reach grows every second. In India alone, over 4,000 cases and more than a hundred deaths have been reported. Lockdown and social distancing have done a lot to control the numbers, but we still have to stay preventive. While dry cough, cold and high fever are the main symptoms of the coronavirus, new research has shown that pink eyes could also be a potential sign of the presence of this deadly virus in the human body. Researchers have suggested that the COVID-19 virus spreads along with cough drops and tears!
Dr. Liang, who works in the Three Gorges Medical University's Ophthalmology Department in China, did research and said, "Some COVID-19 patients have eye symptoms and there may be novel coronaviruses in the conjunctival secretions of COVID-19 patients." This study was conducted on 38 patients and it was found that more than 12 coronavirus positive patients also had conjunctivitis or a pink eye. This shows that this could be an important clue to COVID-19. According to Dr. Liang can penetrate the coronavirus The conjunctiva layer on the eyelid causes this life-threatening infection. This means that an infected person rubs their tearful eye and then touches another healthy person. The virus transfer can take place and infect the second person.
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Severity of the Coronavirus
The pink eye can recognize the severity of this virus in the person. According to the report published in JAMA Ophthalmology, a patient's COVID is all the more severe. Based on these findings, doctors and nurses who care for the patients in the isolation ward are also asked to wear all types of protective equipment, including masks, glasses, hats and gloves to prevent any kind of infection.
Dr. Prachi Dua, an ophthalmologist at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, said: "Although conjunctivitis is a rare manifestation of this disease, we should take all necessary precautions to prevent conjunctivitis, including frequent hand washing. Patients and doctors should be aware COVID-19 may manifest with reddening of the eyes, swelling, and tears. "" These patients should seek appropriate care for the correct diagnosis and prevention of transmission, "she added.
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At the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore Dr. Alfred Sommer, professor of epidemiology and international health, has also written an editorial about the study. According to Dr. Alfred Sommer is warning people that these infections can now spread to people faster. This means that it spreads from people's tears, so the doctor who examines your eye, or even someone who has been touched by the infected person after rubbing his eye, can also spread the infection. In such cases, the guidelines of the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommend that regular eye exams are not performed during the epidemic.
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