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The sickest all had red eyes, says nurse on front lines of coronavirus pandemic

A telltale signal of COVID-19?

By Mike Moffitt, SFGATE

Updated

  • Red skin around the eyes might be a sign of COVID-19, according to a nurse who treated patients during the coronavirus outbreak at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., in February-March 2020. Photo: Heidijpix/Getty Images / Heidi van der Westhui  - 920x920 - The sickest all had red eyes, says nurse on front lines of coronavirus pandemic  - 920x920 - The sickest all had red eyes, says nurse on front lines of coronavirus pandemic

    Red pores and skin across the eyes shall be a signal of COVID-19, per a nurse who treated patients in all places in the coronavirus outbreak on the Lifestyles Care Heart in Kirkland, Wash., in February-March 2020.

    Red pores and skin across the eyes shall be a signal of COVID-19, per a nurse who treated patients in all places in the coronavirus outbreak on the Lifestyles Care Heart in Kirkland, Wash., in February-March 2020.

    Describe: Heidijpix/Getty Photos

Describe: Heidijpix/Getty Photos

Red pores and skin across the eyes shall be a signal of COVID-19, per a nurse who treated patients in all places in the coronavirus outbreak on the Lifestyles Care Heart in Kirkland, Wash., in February-March 2020.

Red pores and skin across the eyes shall be a signal of COVID-19, per a nurse who treated patients in all places in the coronavirus outbreak on the Lifestyles Care Heart in Kirkland, Wash., in February-March 2020.

Describe: Heidijpix/Getty Photos

A frail registered nurse who treated COVID-19 patients in Washington assert mentioned the sickest all looked as if it will have one ingredient in new — redness across the eyes.

“It is something that I witnessed in all of them. They’ve, admire … hypersensitivity eyes. The white fragment of the attention is no longer pink. It is extra admire they’ve pink eye shadow on the open air of their eyes,” Chelsey Earnest suggested CNN on Monday.

The Facilities for Disease Steal an eye on and Prevention currently does checklist conjunctivitis or eye redness as a symptom of COVID-19.

Earnest used to be working on the Lifestyles Care Heart in Kirkland in gradual February when the radical coronavirus rampaged during the nursing home in the early stages of the pandemic. At least 37 deaths are linked to the COVID-19 outbreak there. The average age of the deceased used to be 80.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) on Tuesday up so some distance an alert warning that, per several reports, SARS-CoV-2 would possibly maybe simply space off a “nonetheless follicular conjunctivitis otherwise indistinguishable from other viral causes, and per chance be transmitted by aerosol contact with conjunctiva.”

Conjunctivitis, moreover called pinkeye, is an irritation of the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane that covers the front of the attention and traces the within of the eyelids. It moreover can space off the pores and skin across the eyes to turn out to be itchy and redden.

The AAO suggested ophthalmologists with patients who show symptoms of conjunctivitis, shortness of breath, fever and cough to wear protective equipment including covering their mouth, nose and eyes.

Earnest mentioned on the Lifestyles Care Heart, pink eyes grew to turn out to be basically the most first rate signal that a patient had gotten smaller the illness.

“I’ve even had the catastrophe clinical employ an eye on doctor notify, ‘Sort they’ve the pink eyes?’ And I will notify certain. And he’ll notify, ‘I will procure you a bed.’ It is factual something about this, the manner that it affects these patients,” she mentioned in the CNN interview.

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Mike Moffitt is an SFGATE Digital Reporter. Electronic mail: [email protected] Twitter: @Mike_at_SFGate

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