COVID-19 can survive in eyes long after symptoms clear

A recent study has found that COVID-19 is still evident in your eyes even after the virus has left your respiratory system.

COVID-19 can survive in eyes long after symptoms clear

A recent study has found that COVID-19 is still evident in your eyes even after the virus has left your respiratory system.

Researchers made the discovery when looking at the first confirmed case in Italy.

The 65-year-old woman had flown from Wuhan, China to Italy on January 23.

Days later, she noticed symptoms of COVID-19, which included a dry cough, sore throat inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nose and conjunctivitis.

She was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with coronavirus the next day.

A few days later, her symptoms worsened, and she developed a fever and began vomiting.

Doctors took a swab sample from her eye and found evidence of the virus in her eyes.

"SARS-CoV-2 RNA was detected in ocular swabs days after it was undetectable in nasal swabs," researchers wrote in a report, published on April 17 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

They found that ocular fluid from infected patients may contain the virus and could be a potential source of infection.

"These findings highlight the importance of control measures, such as avoiding touching the nose, mouth, and eyes and frequent hand washing," the report read.

A nurse attends to a COVID-19 patient that is wearing a CPAP helmet while he is moved out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Pope John XXIII Hospital on April 7, 2020 in Bergamo, Italy.

It found that eyes could both be an entry point for the virus, as well as a source of spread.

Researchers believe the infection may begin developing in a person's eyes before any physical symptoms begin to show, and measures should be implemented as early as possible to prevent transmission via the eyes.

There are currently more than 2.5 million cases of coronavirus worldwide with 6645 confirmed cases in Australia alone.

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