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Precaution and prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 infection in the eye.
J Chin Med Assoc. 2020 07; 83(7):648-650.JC

Abstract

Although current studies suggested that conjunctivitis is not a common presentation of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), several studies have reported the presence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) in ocular secretions. Coronavirus had not yet been successfully cultured from tears or conjunctival swabs in humans, neither SARS-CoV-2 nor SARS-CoV. However, live feline coronavirus has been isolated from conjunctival swabs. In addition, infection of COVID-19 through unprotected eye exposure had been suspected in several articles. Reports of ophthalmologists and otolaryngologists died of COVID-19 also raised concern on ocular transmission. As a result, we strongly suggest that personal protective equipment (PPE) should cover the mouth, nose, and eyes of ophthalmologists, especially when conjunctivitis caused by SARS-CoV-2 is clinically indistinguishable from other viral follicular conjunctivitis.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Ophthalmology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.Department of Medical Research, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC. Faculty of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.Department of Ophthalmology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC. Faculty of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC. Institute of Clinical Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.Department of Ophthalmology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC. Faculty of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.Department of Ophthalmology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC. Faculty of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32332516

Citation

Chen, Meng-Jou, et al. "Precaution and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Infection in the Eye." Journal of the Chinese Medical Association : JCMA, vol. 83, no. 7, 2020, pp. 648-650.
Chen MJ, Chang KJ, Hsu CC, et al. Precaution and prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 infection in the eye. J Chin Med Assoc. 2020;83(7):648-650.
Chen, M. J., Chang, K. J., Hsu, C. C., Lin, P. Y., & Jui-Ling Liu, C. (2020). Precaution and prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 infection in the eye. Journal of the Chinese Medical Association : JCMA, 83(7), 648-650. https://doi.org/10.1097/JCMA.0000000000000334
Chen MJ, et al. Precaution and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Infection in the Eye. J Chin Med Assoc. 2020;83(7):648-650. PubMed PMID: 32332516.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Precaution and prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 infection in the eye. AU - Chen,Meng-Jou, AU - Chang,Kao-Jung, AU - Hsu,Chih-Chien, AU - Lin,Pei-Yu, AU - Jui-Ling Liu,Catherine, PY - 2020/4/26/pubmed PY - 2020/7/14/medline PY - 2020/4/26/entrez SP - 648 EP - 650 JF - Journal of the Chinese Medical Association : JCMA JO - J Chin Med Assoc VL - 83 IS - 7 N2 - Although current studies suggested that conjunctivitis is not a common presentation of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), several studies have reported the presence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) in ocular secretions. Coronavirus had not yet been successfully cultured from tears or conjunctival swabs in humans, neither SARS-CoV-2 nor SARS-CoV. However, live feline coronavirus has been isolated from conjunctival swabs. In addition, infection of COVID-19 through unprotected eye exposure had been suspected in several articles. Reports of ophthalmologists and otolaryngologists died of COVID-19 also raised concern on ocular transmission. As a result, we strongly suggest that personal protective equipment (PPE) should cover the mouth, nose, and eyes of ophthalmologists, especially when conjunctivitis caused by SARS-CoV-2 is clinically indistinguishable from other viral follicular conjunctivitis. SN - 1728-7731 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32332516/Precaution_and_prevention_of_coronavirus_disease_2019_infection_in_the_eye_ L2 - https://Insights.ovid.com/pubmed?pmid=32332516 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -