Conjunctivitis (sore eyes) may be a common yet overlooked symptom of a COVID-19 infection, a new UK study has suggested.

Scientists from the Anglia Ruskin University surveyed a group of COVID-19 patients for the study, published in the BMJ Opthalmology journal.

The research investigated various symptoms experienced by COVID-19 patients before and after they caught the coronavirus and found that sore eyes was more common when they became infected with the virus.

In total, 16% of the 83 respondents reported experiencing sore eyes as one of their symptoms after they caught the virus, compared to just 5% who had the condition before becoming infected.

Some 81% of the patients surveyed reported having ocular issues within two weeks of having other COVID-19 symptoms, and 80% said their eye problems lasted less than two weeks.

The majority of the respondents reported experiencing fatigue (90%) as their most common symptom, while 76% had fever, and 66% had dry cough.

The study results help scientists better understand how the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, spreads through the human body.

At this juncture, it is worth recalling that Chinese Dr Li Wenliang, one of the first doctors who tried to alert the public about the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, was an opthalmologist.

Li was reprimanded by the local police for raising the alarm. He later caught the virus himself and died, aged only 34.

COVID-19 had infected more than 70.6 million people worldwide, and killed over 1.58 million.

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