Could your eyes signal a COVID-19 infection from the omicron variant?
She said conjunctivitis — or pinkeye — is an inflammation of the thin membrane that lines your eyelids.
- “Cell receptors by which Covid variants enter the body are present in the eye,” she said.
- “The virus penetrates the body by tricking the receptors for the Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 (ACE-2) into thinking the virus is the ACE-2 enzyme.
- “These receptors are found in different parts of the eye — cells which line the retina, eye white and eyelid.”
What the research says: A recent study from the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology backs up her claim, suggesting that conjunctivitis could be a COVID-19 symptom.