A veteran registered nurse who treated COVID-19 patients in Washington state said the sickest all seemed to have one thing in common — redness around the eyes.
“It’s something that I witnessed in all of them. They have, like … allergy eyes. The white part of the eye is not red. It’s more like they have red eye shadow on the outside of their eyes,” Chelsey Earnest told CNN on Monday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently does list conjunctivitis or eye redness as a symptom of COVID-19.
Earnest was working at the Life Care Center in Kirkland in late February when the novel coronavirus rampaged through the nursing home in the early stages of the pandemic. At least 37 deaths are linked to the COVID-19 outbreak there. The average age of the deceased was 80.