Coronavirus eye: A case in China reveals that the Covid-19 can survive long in the eyes

Coronavirus case, recently published in the medical literature, showed that the coronavirus can survive for quite some time in the eyes, even after tests have been done to show that the virus is no longer present in the nasal area.

A recent case illustrates how important guidelines to avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth are important for preventing infection with the coronavirus. According to the case study, recently reported in the medical literature, the remains of the virus were found in a patient’s eyes long after it was examined and it was found that there were no remains of the virus in her nose.

On January 23, a 65-year-old woman flew from Wahan, the city where the plague broke out – to Italy. Five days later, she began to experience Coronavirus symptoms and was hospitalized the next day. The initial symptoms she suffered from were dry cough, sore throat, cold and inflammation of the eye conjunctiva. She underwent an examination to confirm that there was indeed a coronavirus in her body. A few days later she developed high fever, nausea and vomiting. Samples were then taken from her eyes and a coronavirus genetic material was found in her eyes.

The medical staff continued to take samples from the patient’s eyes every few days. Although the inflammation in her eyes passed on the 20th day of hospitalization, she found the presence of the virus in her eyes even on the 21st. The following days, no remains of the virus were found in her nose and eyes – but strangely, on the 27th day of her hospitalization, the remains of the virus were again found in her eyes.

The law stated in their article that the virus samples taken from the patient’s eyes revealed that the virus was still able to replicate, that is, even on the 27th day of hospitalization and only when present in her eyes (and no longer in her nose), the virus has the potential to cause infection.

David T

David T is a french Medical student, during its free time, he is writing for The Medical Progress and helping us to understand better the Coronavirus.

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