Ophthalmologists’ strategy for the prevention and control of coronavirus pneumonia with conjunctivitis or with conjunctivitis as the first symptom

Authors: Li Xuejie,  Wang Ming,  Chen Changzheng,  Yang Anhuai,  Jin Wei

DOI: 10.3760/cma.j.issn.2095-0160.2020.0002
Published 2020-03-10
Cite as Chin J Exp Ophthalmol, 2020,38(03): 276-280.

Abstract

China is currently in a critical stage of controlling the outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19). As ophthalmologists working in the center of Wuhan city, the virus’s front line, we recently found conjunctivitis in five COVID-19 patients of a total of 92 COVID-19 patients.One of these five patients had conjunctivitis as the first symptom and was then diagnosed with COVID-19.These observations suggest: the mechanism and pathway of transmission of the novel coronavirus need to be further clarified; the symptoms of conjunctivitis accompanying novel coronavirus infection and conjunctiva as an important entrance point of the virus need to be further verified; early diagnosis, implementation of medical isolation, and giving appropriate treatment to patients with asymptomatic and mild-symptom conjunctivitis are essential to prevent the spread of the epidemic; those with conjunctivitis symptoms should be distinguished from other types of viral conjunctivitis; strict personal protection measures should be taken; and more sensitive techniques should be developed as soon as possible for virus detection in tear and conjunctiva swabs.

Key words:

Novel coronavirus pneumonia; Viral conjunctivitis; Eye protect glasses; Medical protection; Ophthalmologist

Contributor Information

Li Xuejie
The First Affiliated College of Wuhan University, Wuhan 430060, China
Wang Ming
Department of Clinical Laboratory, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan 430060, China
Chen Changzheng
Eye Center, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan 430060, China
Yang Anhuai
Eye Center, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan 430060, China
Jin Wei
Eye Center, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan 430060, China
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