Most parents are familiar with their child getting “pink eye,” but a new study in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology suggests it could be a sign of COVID-19. Conjunctivitis, or “pink eye,” is an infection or inflammation of the membrane lining the eyeball and eyelid.
Among children hospitalized for COVID-19 in Wuhan, nearly a quarter had conjunctivitis. The most common eye symptoms were drainage from the eye and eye rubbing. Fortunately, these issues tend to be mild, resolve quickly, and are not associated with any long-term complications.