New coronavirus can infect your eyes as well as your lungs

COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory infection, but experts have suspected the virus can also infiltrate the eyes. Now, scientists have more direct evidence of it.

A patient in China who was recovering from COVID-19 had a severe problem with her eyes and physicians found that the patients eyes had been infected. The case showed that “SARS-CoV-2 can also infect ocular tissues in addition to the respiratory system,” the doctors reported in the Oct. 8 online edition of the journal JAMA Ophthalmology.

While it’s not clear how the virus got into the patient’s eyes, the experts agreed the case underscores the importance of eye protection. For health care providers, that means goggles and face shields; for the average person, it’s regular hand-washing and keeping the hands away from the eyes.