Is pink eye a symptom of Coronavirus?

By now we all know we can slow the spread of Coronavirus by avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 

There is a lot more you can do to protect yourself and others too. Let us discuss in detail why we need to protect our eyes during Coronavirus pandemic outbreak, its causes and how you can contribute to slow the spread of Coronavirus. 

Can COVID-19 spread through your eyes?

The answer is YES. The virus can cause mild to severe respiratory illness, its symptoms include – fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 

When you likely get exposed, it takes around 2-14 days only after then the symptoms are visible. The virus plays in a discrete way and harms your body’s immunity rigorously. 

If the infection gets severe, it can result in pneumonia or even death. 

Is pink eye a symptom of Coronavirus?

It is ‘Rare’ but COVID-19 may cause a pink eye. Do not think if you have a pink eye, you have Coronavirus. Researchers believe that pink eye or conjunctivitis develops in 1% – 3% of people with Coronavirus and it can spread by touching discharge from an infected person’s eye.

How can you help yourself and others during these times? 

There is a lot of misinformation and concerns regarding the COVID -19. You can help yourself by simply developing habits like washing your hands, following good contact lens hygiene and avoiding touching or rubbing your eyes. These common-sense precautions that can help you reduce the risk of getting infected. 

Do you have a dry eye? Here’s a tip for you.

When you have a dry eye, it is highly likely to feel an urge to itch or rub your eyes. Instead of using your finger, use a tissue. Do that even if you touch your eyes unintentionally or to apply eye drops/ medicine/ contact lenses. Just ensure that you first wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. These simple steps can help you a BIG way. 

This post is not intended to be medical advice. Always rely on your medical practitioners on matters related to your health.

Contact New York Ophthalmology at (888) 212-EYES or request a consultation to schedule an appointment at one of our 5 locations in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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