J Clin Virol 127:104362. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcv.2020.104362, Xiong M, Liang X, Wei Y-D (2020) Changes in blood coagulation in patients with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): a meta-analysis. Dis.2003;9, Guan W, Ni Z, Hu Y, Liang W, Ou C, He J, et al. Covid-19 affectes different people in different ways Among the common symptoms that a patient of Covid-19 exhibits are fever, dry cough and tiredness. Although fever is a common symptom there are reports of afebrile COVID patients as well. Clinical course and risk factors for mortality of adult inpatients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China: a retrospective cohort study. Can J Ophthalmol. Other reports showed that the patients of COVID-19 developed conjunctivitis later in their course of disease after hospitalization. Lack of retinal findings may be attributed to failure to perform the retinal examination in the COVID-19 patients. Since this a cross-sectional study and as such, patients that had conjunctivitis prior to admission were not evaluated by the investigators, but they were evaluated by primary care physicians. Ann Intern Med 2020;172(9):577-582, Santarpia JL, Rivera DN, Herrera V, Morwitzer MJ, Creager H, Santarpia GW, et al. [15] [16]It may also be associated with tender lymphadenopathy. Zhou F, Yu T, Du R, Fan G, Liu Y, Liu Z, et al. All named authors meet the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) criteria for authorship for this article, take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, and have given their approval for this version to be published. Conjunctivitis as a presenting manifestation of coronavirus and the relationship between conjunctivitis and the development of serious pulmonary disease are important questions for ophthalmologists worldwide. The presence and clinical characteristics of conjunctivitis were evaluated. Navel V, Chiambaretta F, Dutheil F. Haemorrhagic conjunctivitis with pseudomembranous related to SARS-CoV-2. Overall, 35 patients (11.6%; 95% CI: 8.48–15.84) were diagnosed with acute conjunctivitis; of those, 10 (3.3%; 95% CI: 1.8–6.1) showed ocular manifestations on the day of the visit whereas 25 (8.3%; 95% CI: 5.6–12.1) reported having conjunctivitis in the previous days, seen by the primary care doctor. Overall, 35 patients (11.6%) were diagnosed with acute conjunctivitis. Li Wenliang, the whistleblower of the disease, contracted this virus from an asymptomatic glaucoma patient. Other people have reported symptoms like conjunctivitis. [12], Conjunctivitis and keratitis are the only reported ocular signs of COVID-19 to date. Earlier diseases related to Coronavirus were severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). This article is based on previously conducted studies and does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors. Minimum examination protocol that can help in diagnosis and management and avoiding additional clinical tests and investigations unless necessary. Several vaccines are in progress as well. https://doi.org/10.1111/aos.14472, Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Calle del Prof Martín Lagos, s/n, 28040, Madrid, Spain, Noemi Güemes-Villahoz & Barbara Burgos-Blasco, Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital Clinico San Carlos, Instituto de investigación sanitaria del Hospital Clínico San Carlos (IsISSC). conjunctivitis and sex. Nature 2020; 579:270. Patients with respiratory symptoms, patients with a history of travel, or contact with a traveler should not be given an appointment unless it is an emergency. The median time of virus shedding is 20 days with a maximum recorded time period of 37 days. Different RNA gene targets are employed by different manufacturers. 2020; 581:465–469.Doi:10.1038/s41586-020-2196-x. - 79.137.69.209. The overall study population included 301 hospitalized patients (601 eyes). Furthermore, it is interesting to highlight that out of a hospitalized married couple who slept in the same room at home and had equal clinical severity, only the woman presented with conjunctivitis. Lancet Respiratory Med, published on line May 7, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2213-2600(20)30193-4.Accessed May 8, 2020. Hui KPY, et al. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2017.3319, Article  https://doi.org/10.1007/s00417-020-04916-0, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00417-020-04916-0, Over 10 million scientific documents at your fingertips, Not logged in The main outcome measure is the overall prevalence of conjunctivitis among inpatients diagnosed with COVID-19. Conjunctivitis, or "pink eye," is an infection or inflammation of the membrane lining the eyeball and eyelid. Phylogenetic analysis showed that there are more than 100 strains of SARS-CoV-2 with two different types; type L and type S. The receptor-binding region of SARS-CoV-2 is also similar to SARS-CoV. Differential diagnosis of COVID conjunctivitis includes all causes of red-eye as there are cases of COVID conjunctivitis, which were otherwise systemically asymptomatic. https://doi.org/10.23812/Editorial-Conti-3, Yi Y, Lagniton PNP, Ye S, Li E, Xu R-H (2020) COVID-19: what has been learned and to be learned about the novel coronavirus disease. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.1291, Conti P, Younes A (2020) Coronavirus COV-19/SARS-CoV-2 affects women less than men: clinical response to viral infection. The vast majority of studies published to date have been carried out in China. Implementation of telemedicine wherever possible. For entry into the cell, the virus uses angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 receptor (ACE2). In children, SARS-CoV-2 infection resulted in a severe multi-system inflammatory syndrome similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. 54.29% of conjunctivitis were completely unilateral, unlike adenoviral conjunctivitis where there is a greater tendency to bilateralization [11]. Lancet 2020;395(10229): 1054-1062. If a patient is IgM positive and IgG negative, the patient is actively infected. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2019, there have been more than 6.5 million confirmed cases of the disease worldwide. Patients with COVID-19 can have symptoms of watering, foreign body sensation, and red-eye, or they may be asymptomatic. None of the patients showed conjunctival petechiae, corneal infiltrates nor membranes or pseudomembranes. A study analyzing a sample of 1099 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 disease in China found a prevalence of conjunctivitis symptoms of only 0.8% and other small series have reported a prevalence around 3% [4, 6, 7]. Google Scholar, Chen L, Liu M, Zhang Z et al (2020) Ocular manifestations of a hospitalised patient with confirmed 2019 novel coronavirus disease. doi:10.1080/09273948.2020.1738501. Güemes-Villahoz, N., Burgos-Blasco, B., García-Feijoó, J. et al. There have been several reports of eye redness and irritation in COVID-19 patients, both anecdotal and published, suggesting that conjunctivitis may be an ocular manifestation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. This study has been cited as supporting the conclusion that conjunctivitis is associated with more serious COVID-19 illness. The pathophysiology of SARS-CoV2 related conjunctivitis is not completely understood. A recent study carried out in China reported that the prevalence of conjunctival congestion in COVID-19 patients was 5% [17]. The degree of conjunctival hyperemia was mild or very mild and the presence of follicular reaction has also been reported by other authors [3]. In addition to this, health care workers are at increased risk of acquiring the infection. False-negative results are common because of the timing of sampling. Of the 301 subjects included in the study, 180 patients (59.8%) were male and the median age was 72 years (IQ 59–82; 70 years in men and 75 years in women, P = 0.13). Virus spread may occur through droplets, contact with infected surfaces, mucous membranes of infected persons, and also via the oro-fecal route. Microbiol Mol Biol Rev 2013;77:144–56.doi:10.1128/MMBR.00058-12. There is no statistically significant difference in the time interval from the onset of COVID symptoms to the appearance of conjunctivitis between women and men (U Mann-Whitney; P = 0.56). Likewise, the association between the laterality of the pneumonic process was not significantly associated with the presence of conjunctivitis (P = 0.18). These excluded patients showed no difference in clinical characteristics compared with the included sample. The Lancet. 2020;395(10237):1610. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31014-X. Positive clinical findings on physical examination of the patients with COVID-19 include; fever, cough, shortness of breath, myalgias, sore throat, headache, rhinorrhea, new-onset loss of taste or smell and chest pain. Routine eye care or urgent problems: Masks or face covering on patients at all times (inform patients that they are not to pull masks down onto their chins at any time while in … Moreover, the above-mentioned article is a retrospective study where the patients were not evaluated by an ophthalmologist, and the patient’s data were obtained from patients’ electronic medical records and an electronic questionnaire completed by patients on a smartphone. Barbara Burgos-Blasco. This supported the 14-day quarantine recommendations. In the space of two months, three patients suffering from COVID-19 in one New York health system developed keratitis, an inflammation of the cornea, which then led to a sight-threatening infection. Clin Ophthalmol 14:805–813. PubMed Central  Nature. This page was last modified on August 4, 2020, at 13:29. https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S236571, Giannis D, Ziogas IA, Gianni P (2020) Coagulation disorders in coronavirus infected patients: COVID-19, SARS-CoV-1, MERS-CoV and lessons from the past. Published yesterday, the first study found that 49 of 216 pediatric COVID-19 patients (23%) hospitalized from Jan 26 to Mar 18 had conjunctival discharge and congestion and eye rubbing. [8] However, there is a recent case report that described keratoconjunctivitis as the initial medical presentation of a patient with COVID-19 [15]. To examine the patients, the investigators wore double gloves, a fluid-resistant gown, a full face shield, and both FFP2 and surgical masks. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30183-5, Article  Notwithstanding, Fisher’s exact test did not allow us to consider the association between pneumonia and conjunctivitis to be causal (P = 0.40). The Incubation Period of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) From Publicly Reported Confirmed Cases: Estimation and Application. 11.6% of the men and 10% of the women presented conjunctivitis. There was initial data regarding the use of hydroxychloroquine, which later proved ineffective for COVID. Use of proper slit lamp shields and their regular disinfection after every patient. Pre-appointment screening of the patient. Other reports showed that the patients of COVID-19 developed conjunctivitis later in their course of disease after hospitalization. In addition, a notification system was implemented for all healthcare personnel working at the COVID unit and evaluating the patients daily. Gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting have also been reported. The differential diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 conjunctivitis includes other viral conjunctivitis such as adenoviral conjunctivitis, based on our findings (Table 5). Lymphopenia, elevated aminotransaminase levels, elevated lactate dehydrogenase levels and elevated inflammatory markers (eg, ferritin, C-reactive protein, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate) have been reported in hospitalized patients with COVID-19. We found a prevalence of conjunctivitis in our sample of 11.6%, which allows us to infer that approximately 1 in 10 patients affected by COVID-19 can present conjunctivitis symptoms associated with the disease. The association between conjunctivitis and sex did not reach statistical signification (P = 0.98). Table 2 depicts the distribution of the covariates analyzed depending on the conjunctivitis status, the association between the presence of conjunctivitis, and clinical, laboratory, and radiological data. Triple combination of interferon beta-1b, lopinavir–ritonavir, and ribavirin in the treatment of patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19: an open-label, randomised, phase 2 trial. The natural history of the disease seems to be a rapid self-limited conjunctivitis that improves without treatment and does not affect visual acuity nor associate short-term complications. A total of 301 subjects from the COVID admission unit, whose clinical situation allowed us to conduct the aforementioned ophthalmological examination and interview, were systematically explored. It is also unknown whether ocular symptoms were different in chronic sufferers of anterior eye diseases, when they were experienced or how long they lasted for compared with other COVID-19 symptoms. Lancet 2020;395:565-574. Through this system, the on-call ophthalmologist was notified immediately with any new possible case of conjunctivitis until the date of discharge, which contacted the investigators. According to the patient’s self-report, the median duration of ocular symptoms was 3 days (p25-p75: 1–3.5) with a minimum of 1 day and a maximum of 1 week. Clinical diagnosis is through a high level of suspicion, The tear sample collection varies from the use of Schirmer strips to conjunctival swabs. [published online ahead of print, 2020 Apr 2]. However, bilateral conjunctivitis in COVID-19 has also been described [3]. The main clinical characteristics found on the latter are shown in Table 1. Data sharing is not applicable to this article as no datasets were generated or analyzed during the current study. Emerg. [4] It has been named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). COVID conjunctivitis like any other viral conjunctivitis is self-limiting and can be managed with lubricants and cold compresses unless cornea is involved. Plasma from recovered patients is also in the trial. Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, has been observed in a small number of patients diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). However, very mild retinal microvascular abnormality involving the ganglion cell and inner plexiform layers of the retina is described by Marinho et al. There are reports in which conjunctivitis was the only sign of COVID-19. The COVID-19 virus can cause ocular complications such as conjunctivitis, though not necessarily in the early stages of the disease, according to researchers. Five cases of non-remitting conjunctivitis turned out to be the sole presenting sign and symptom of COVID-19. Although COVID-19-related conjunctivitis seems to be uncommon, the AAO reminds physicians that other forms of conjunctivitis are common. Lancet 395(10223):497–506. [5]ACE2 receptors were found in conjunctiva and cornea, although the receptor density in ocular tissues was lower. Tropism, replication competence, and innate immune responses of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in human respiratory tract and conjunctiva: an analysis in ex-vivo and in-vitro cultures. © 2021 Springer Nature Switzerland AG. This suggested that transmission of the virus may occur through the eyes. Virological assessment of hospitalized patients with COVID-2019. Of the 301 subjects included, 180 patients (59.8%) were male and the median age was 72 years (IQ 59–82). The patients usually present mostly bilateral conjunctival hyperemia, chemosis, follicular reaction of the tarsal conjunctiva, epiphora, watery discharge, mild eyelid edema, and enlarged preauricular and … The Academy uses cookies to analyze performance and provide relevant personalized content to users of our website. Pooled data showed 11.64% of patients with COVID-19 had ocular surface manifestations. However, this article did not … [10]Conjunctival infection can be due to direct inoculation of the ocular tissues from droplets of an infected patient, from nasopharynx by nasolacrimal duct or from the lacrimal glands. 2020;S0008-4182(20)30305-7. doi:10.1016/j.jcjo.2020.03.003. [8][8] According to another study, the mean incubation period for SARS-CoV-2 was 5 to 7 days, and patients were typically infectious for several days prior to symptom onset. No cases of conjunctivitis or any other ocular sign or symptoms were reported with either MERS-CoV or SARS-CoV. Conjunctivitis in COVID-19 patients: frequency and clinical presentation, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tmaid.2020.101606, https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30183-5, https://doi.org/10.1136/bjophthalmol-2020-316304, https://doi.org/10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2017.3319, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtos.2020.03.010, https://doi.org/10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.1291, https://doi.org/10.23812/Editorial-Conti-3, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcv.2020.104362, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32310553, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcjo.2020.03.003, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2020.04.028, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00417-020-04916-0. The causative organism is a beta coronavirus, which belongs to Coronaviridae family. Based on data so far, doctors believe that 1%-3% of people with COVID-19 will get conjunctivitis, also called pinkeye. Approximately, 1 out of 10 hospitalized non-critical COVID-19 patients presents conjunctivitis during the disease. Seah I, Agrawal R. Can the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Affect the Eyes? A total of 41 patients were admitted to the intensive care unit, 135 patients were unable to adequately report previous eye events due to their clinical situation, cognitive impairment, or confusional state, and 6 patients did not give consent. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjh.16725, Hu K, Patel J, Patel BC (2020) Ophthalmic manifestations of coronavirus (COVID-19). Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology The biochemical profiles in men and women also showed differences between them. Coronavirus had been previously reported to be associated with conjunctivitis in humans. CAS  JAMA Ophthalmol 135(10):1119–1121. Severe acute respiratory syndrome: clinical outcome and prognostic correlates. Most who experienced these eye symptoms had severe cases of COVID-19 (and often had pneumonia); only one patient presented with conjunctivitis as the first symptom. The references in the medical literature regarding the ocular manifestations of this emerging disease are scarce so far and, despite the fact that ocular involvement is not well defined yet, some case reports have highlighted the presence of conjunctivitis [3]. It is not yet confirmed whether the disease started from bats or not. N Engl J Med:1–13. While the coronavirus is mostly known as a respiratory disease, it can affect other parts of the body, including the eyes. Patients with COVID-19 can have symptoms of watering, foreign body sensation, and red-eye, or they may be asymptomatic. The demonstration of the direct association between conjunctivitis and SARS-CoV-2 infection in the absence of diagnostic confirmation with real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) of tears and conjunctival secretions is difficult to prove. https://doi.org/10.1136/bjophthalmol-2020-316304, Guan W, Ni Z, Hu Y et al (2020) Clinical characteristics of coronavirus disease 2019 in China. Br J Ophthalmol:1–4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2020.04.028, Chen L, Deng C, Chen X et al (2020) Ocular manifestations and clinical characteristics of 535 cases of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China: a cross-sectional study. Avoiding air puff tonometer as it poses a danger of aerosol spread. This is the first study that describes the clinical characteristics of conjunctivitis in a large sample of patients with COVID-19. Belser JA, Rota PA, Tumpey TM. Transmission Potential of SARS-CoV-2 in Viral Shedding Observed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Currently, data to propose or oppose a therapy is insufficient. 2 Additionally, retinal disorders, such as retinal vasculitis, 3 4 retinal degeneration 5 6 and blood–retinal barrier breakdown, 7 had been demonstrated in experimental animal models of coronavirus infection. These patients tested positive on RT-PCR of naso-pharyngeal swabs and developed no fever, malaise, or respiratory symptoms throughout the course of their illness. Chest X-ray results were analyzed separately, since it is not uncommon to find a discrepancy between the radiological and clinical findings, especially in the early stages of the disease. Zhou P, Yang XL, Wang XG, et al. Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations. [9][9], Recently, viral RNA was detected in the samples collected from the rooms of COVID-19 patients admitted in the hospital, which further confirmed spread through direct contact with the surfaces contaminated with virus particles. Prevalence will be presented as a percentage of those with conjunctivitis along with its 95% confidence interval (CI). The most common reported symptoms among all the 35 patients that presented conjunctivitis during the disease were mucopurulent discharge (100%; 42.8% mild, 51.4% moderate, 5.7% severe), tearing (62.8%), and foreign body sensation (57.1%). Part of Springer Nature. 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