New Delhi: A team of researchers has found that sore eyes are one of the most significant indicators of COVID-19 infection.
According to an IANS report, researchers asked people infected with coronavirus to answer a questionnaire about the symptoms they experienced before and after testing positive.
Talking about the study, author Shahina Pardhan from the Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), UK said: “This is the first study to investigate the various eye symptoms indicative of conjunctivitis in relation to Covid-19, their time frame in relation to other well-known Covid-19 symptoms and their duration.”
The researchers found that sore eyes were a common symptom among the participants.
Of the 83 participants, 81 per cent reported that they suffered from eye infection within two weeks of exhibiting other COVID-19 symptoms.
Other common symptoms reported include fatigue (90 per cent people), fever (76 per cent) and a dry cough (66 per cent).
“This study is important because it helps us understand more about how COVID-19 can infect the conjunctiva and how this then allows the virus to spread through the body,” said the study authors.
The result of the study has been published in the BMJ Open Ophthalmology.