A recent case study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine reveals that COVID-19 might linger in the human eye longer than in other parts of the body, such as the nose

According to the study, a 65-year-old woman traveled from Wuhan, China, to Italy in January 2020 and was admitted into a hospital on January 29, one day after she started experiencing coronavirus symptoms such as a dry cough and high fever. She also experienced a sore throat, eye inflammation, nausea and vomiting. The virus’s genetic material was found in ocular samples taken from the patient.

After 20 days in the hospital, her eye inflammation cleared up, and no virus material was detected in her nose. Ocular samples tested positive until the patient’s 21st day in the hospital. However, an ocular sample taken on her 27th day of hospitalization once again tested positive for the coronavirus, even though nasal samples remained negative.

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