Is it true that red eyes are a symptom of Covid-19?

People may already be quite aware that fever, dry cough and shortness of breath are common symptoms of Covid-19. However, it was recently reported that red-eye could also be a symptom of Covid-19. Is it true?


This information came out since a nurse told CNN that all Covid-19 patients he treated had red eyes. The eyes of the patients look like those of an allergic person.


“The whites of their eyes are not red. But it’s more like they have a red eye shadow outside their eyes,” explained the nurse, as reported by Prevention.

Responding to this news, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) provides official guidelines for ophthalmologists. AAO calls on the eye doctor to be more careful when handling patients who have red eyes.


In the guidelines, it was stated that the new type of corona virus that causes Covid-19, SARS-CoV-2, can cause mild follicular conjunctivitis or red eye. The red eye symptoms caused by SARS-CoV-2 cannot be distinguished from the red eye symptoms caused by other viruses.

AAO also revealed that Covid-19 could have been transmitted through contact with the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the mucous membrane lining the front of the eye.

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