A COVID-19 patient in Italy had the coronavirus lingering in her eye longer than in her nose, according to a case study.
The unnamed 65-year-old woman, Italy’s first confirmed COVID-19 case, had travelled from Wuhan—the Chinese city which was the initial epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic—to Italy on January 29, according to a research letter published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. She had arrived a day after her symptoms started.
As her conjunctivitis wouldn’t clear up, doctors decided to take a swab from her eye on her third day at the institution, and repeated this almost daily. The virus was present, but less concentrated, in her eye up to day 21 and returned again on day 27, five days after the coronavirus was apparently no longer present in the woman’s eye.
“These findings highlight the importance of control measures, such as avoiding touching the nose, mouth, and eyes and frequent hand washing.”
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