Those patients admitted to the intensive care unit, unable or unwilling to give verbal consent, and unable to adequately report previous eye symptoms due to general health status were excluded. Virological assessment of hospitalized patients with COVID-2019. Remedisivir is currently approved by the FDA for the treatment of suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in adults and children hospitalized with severe disease. 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. The biochemical profiles in men and women also showed differences between them. However, at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, it is reasonable that practically any patient seen by a medical practitioner is considered suspected of SARS-CoV-2 infection, regardless of presenting signs or symptoms of conjunctivitis. 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. This page was last modified on August 4, 2020, at 13:29. 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. [4] It has been named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). [6], Old age, living in a congested area, chronic lung diseases, comorbidities including immuno-compromised states, diabetes, obesity, chronic renal, and liver diseases are the risk factors for severe systemic disease. Our results show an 11.6% prevalence of conjunctivitis among hospitalized patients with COVID-19, differing from previous results. Travel Med Infect Dis:101606. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tmaid.2020.101606, Huang C, Wang Y, Li X et al (2020) Clinical features of patients infected with 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China. Seah I, Agrawal R. Can the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Affect the Eyes? The onset of conjunctivitis signs and symptoms with respect to the onset of respiratory symptoms was variable (median of 3 days). Ann Intern Med 2020;172(9):577-582, Santarpia JL, Rivera DN, Herrera V, Morwitzer MJ, Creager H, Santarpia GW, et al. It is not yet confirmed whether the disease started from bats or not. If IgM is negative and IgG positive, the infection is old. This supported the 14-day quarantine recommendations. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of conjunctivitis in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 and to describe its clinical presentation. Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, and other abnormal eye conditions could be a less common symptom of COVID-19 and also a possible source of transmission, according to several recent studies. COVID conjunctivitis resolves by itself without any morbidity if systemic complications do not occur. Of the 35 cases that presented conjunctivitis, 13 cases suffered it before admission to the hospital, 12 cases in the time interval between admission and our evaluation, and 10 cases presented conjunctivitis at the time of evaluation. The Incubation Period of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) From Publicly Reported Confirmed Cases: Estimation and Application. Navel V, Chiambaretta F, Dutheil F. Haemorrhagic conjunctivitis with pseudomembranous related to SARS-CoV-2. JAMA Ophthalmol 135(10):1119–1121. PubMed  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. Google searches for COVID-19 symptoms spiked mid-March as many Americans came to terms with the emerging pandemic, but so did searches for another malady with the potential for overlying symptoms: allergies. To examine the patients, the investigators wore double gloves, a fluid-resistant gown, a full face shield, and both FFP2 and surgical masks. doi:10.1080/09273948.2020.1738501. Dis.2003;9, Guan W, Ni Z, Hu Y, Liang W, Ou C, He J, et al. For all patients with conjunctivitis. “The COVID-19 virus affects the body in many ways, and conjunctivitis is one of them,” he said. N Engl J Med 2020; 382:1708-1720. Notwithstanding, Fisher’s exact test did not allow us to consider the association between pneumonia and conjunctivitis to be causal (P = 0.40). PubMed Google Scholar. Minimum examination protocol that can help in diagnosis and management and avoiding additional clinical tests and investigations unless necessary. 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 … Pre-appointment screening of the patient. Meta‐analysis of conjunctivitis in patients with severe vs nonsevere coronavirus disease 2019 This meta‐analysis provides evidence that conjunctivitis could be associated with a … Overall, 35 patients (11.6%) were diagnosed with acute conjunctivitis. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjh.16725, Hu K, Patel J, Patel BC (2020) Ophthalmic manifestations of coronavirus (COVID-19). Implementation of telemedicine wherever possible. Infect. Doi:10.1056/NEJMoa2002032. Five cases of non-remitting conjunctivitis turned out to be the sole presenting sign and symptom of COVID-19. Lancet 2020;395:565-574. Although fever is a common symptom there are reports of afebrile COVID patients as well. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol 258, 2501–2507 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcjo.2020.03.003, Zhou Y, Duan C, Zeng Y et al (2020) Ocular findings and proportion with conjunctival SARS-COV-2 in COVID-19 patients. Existing data suggests that conjunctivitis is not a common manifestation associated with COVID-19 [4]. 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. Imaging of COVID patients shows pneumonia, multiple mottling, and ground-glass lung opacity and pneumothorax. Ocular screening in severe acute respiratory syndrome. They all fully recovered. 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). 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. The degree of conjunctival hyperemia was mild or very mild and the presence of follicular reaction has also been reported by other authors [3]. For surface disinfection, 0.1% of sodium hypochlorite or 70% ethanol for 1 minute is recommended. The patient’s age, sex, the onset of COVID-19 symptoms, chest X-ray, and laboratory tests results were noted. Conjunctivitis in COVID-19 patients: frequency and clinical presentation. Previous reports suggest that SARS-CoV-2 can cause conjunctivitis, either as an early sign of infection or during hospitalization for severe COVID-19 [8, 14]. Material and methods: This cross-sectional study was carried out between 1 May and 30 June 2020. This suggests that perhaps the appearance of conjunctivitis could depend on the host’s characteristics or the inoculation mechanism. Li Wenliang, the whistleblower of the disease, contracted this virus from an asymptomatic glaucoma patient. Lancet 2020; 395(10238):1695-1704. https://www.aao.org/headline/alert-important-coronavirus-context, https://www.aao.org/headline/special-considerations-ophthalmic-surgery-during-c, https://www.aao.org/annual-meeting-video/covid-19-pearls-surgical-skills-recovery, https://www.aao.org/practice-management/resources/coronavirus-resources, https://eyewiki.org/w/index.php?title=COVID_conjunctivitis&oldid=59777. The exclusion of patients with cognitive impairment or confusional syndrome suggests there could also imply a shift in the actual prevalence. Based on our findings, we estimate that the actual prevalence could be underestimated, partly because many mild or very mild cases may have gone unnoticed by both healthcare personnel and the patients themselves. Hui KPY, et al. Key messages COVID-19 has been shown to have ocular involvement, mainly conjunctivitis. 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. 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. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmv.25725, Zhang X, Chen X, Chen L et al (2020) The evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection on ocular surface. Conjunctivitis was more frequent in males with moderate clinical severity and in women classified as clinically mild. This is the first study that describes the clinical characteristics of conjunctivitis in a large sample of patients with COVID-19. Upon ophthalmological examination of the 301 patients, other ocular disorders besides conjunctivitis were observed. J Med Virol:1–6. 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. The signs of COVID-19 conjunctivitis are similar to the presentation of other viral forms. Data sharing is not applicable to this article as no datasets were generated or analyzed during the current study. Likewise, the distribution of the quantitative covariates (leucocytes, neutrophils, lymphocytes, C-reactive protein, ferritin, D-dimer, creatinine, and LDH) will be depicted through the median, first, and third quartile, using the Mann-Whitney U test to assess their differences depending on the presence of conjunctivitis and sex. There was initial data regarding the use of hydroxychloroquine, which later proved ineffective for COVID. Patients with COVID-19 can have symptoms of watering, foreign body sensation, and red-eye, or they may be asymptomatic. Severe acute respiratory syndrome: clinical outcome and prognostic correlates. Comparative performance of SARS-CoV-2 detection assays using seven different primer/probe sets and one assay kit. 2020;395(10237):1610. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31014-X. Use of proper slit lamp shields and their regular disinfection after every patient. [8] However, there is a recent case report that described keratoconjunctivitis as the initial medical presentation of a patient with COVID-19 [15]. Patients with COVID-19 can have symptoms of watering, foreign body sensation, and red-eye, or they may be asymptomatic. If a patient is IgM positive and IgG negative, the patient is actively infected. Compared with other viral conjunctivitis, we found distinctive clinical findings that could guide defining and differentiating conjunctivitis in COVID-19 patients. None of the patients showed conjunctival petechiae, corneal infiltrates nor membranes or pseudomembranes. 2020; 581:465–469.Doi:10.1038/s41586-020-2196-x. Twenty-seven (10.3%) patients with pneumonia and 6 (15.3%) patients without pneumonia presented conjunctivitis. Informed consent was obtained from all patients. Pooled data showed 11.64% of patients with COVID-19 had ocular surface manifestations. The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest. 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. However, we found distinctive clinical findings among our patients that could guide defining conjunctivitis in COVID-19 patients. [7], The incubation period of COVID-19 is within 14 days with maximum numbers occurring within 4 to 5 days of exposure. [14]It may resolve by itself or progress to involve coarse epithelial keratitis, pseudomembranous conjunctivitis and bilateral hemorrhagic, pseudomembranous conjunctivitis or pseudodendritic keratitis. Barbara Burgos-Blasco. 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). [1] [2] [3] However, there are reports of conjunctivitis associated with COVID-19. [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. However, out of the 535 patients included, only 343 patients (64.1%) had laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection from nasopharyngeal swabs. StatPearls 9:1–9 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32310553, CAS  However, a positive IgG test alone does not mean the patient is no longer contagious or is immune. Am J Ophthalmol 2004;137:773–4. 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. 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, or "pink eye," is an infection or inflammation of the membrane lining the eyeball and eyelid. Cheema M, Aghazadeh H, Nazarali S, et al. [19] It is recommended that two consecutive negative RT-PCR tests results are required before a patient can be considered safe.[20]. Other people have reported symptoms like conjunctivitis. Doi: 10.1016/j.ajoc.2020.100735. Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations. None of the patients of our study reported blurry vision associated. 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. For systemic investigations, nasopharyngeal, throat, upper respiratory, and saliva swabs are taken for RT-PCR. These excluded patients showed no difference in clinical characteristics compared with the included sample. 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