COVID-19 is highly contagious: Criticism over inadequate protection for medical personnel followed reports Wednesday that a quarantine officer who screened people aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Yokohama tested positive for COVID-19. Experts are also speculating that the protective gear worn by the officer was insufficient. Officials from the health ministry have said it was essential to check whether protective measures by medical personnel against the virus are sufficient. “We’d like to promptly evaluate whether (the infected officer) was adequately protected or not but at this point I can’t give further comments,” a senior official told reporters Wednesday.
According to the health ministry, the officer was dispatched to collect health questionnaires from passengers on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 and to check their temperature. The officer spent the next two days working at a quarantine station and started to feel ill Sunday. He went to a clinic the following day and tested positive Tuesday. (article continues – Japan Times)
On January 24, 2020 – Dr. Wang Guanga warned Chinese health officials that he had been infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus through his eyes but his dire warning fell on deaf ears.
Chinese doctor Wang Guangfa fears he may have contracted the SARS-like infection because he wasn’t wearing protective goggles. Leading experts confirmed it is ‘absolutely possible,’ saying the virus can enter the eyes by touching them – if it is on a patient’s hands. And they even warned the virus – thought to be spread through sneezes and coughs – can roam through the body to reach the eye. –Daily Mail
NY Post Filed March 24, 2020: RED EYES – Red eyes might be a sign that a patient is very sick with coronavirus, according to a nurse who has been on the front lines of the pandemic. Chelsey Earnest, who works at the embattled Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, claims that the eyes are a clear tell that someone is infected, CNN reported. “It’s something that I witnessed in all of them,” Earnest said. “They have, like … allergy eyes.” Earnest said she and her colleagues, along with admitting doctors at a nearby hospital, all noticed the strange symptom.
“The white part of the eye is not red. It’s more like they have red eye shadow on the outside of their eyes,” Earnest said. She continued: “We’ve had patients that just had the red eyes as the only symptom that we saw and go to the hospital and pass away. I’ve even had the disaster medical control physician say, ‘Do they have the red eyes?’ And I will say yes. And he’ll say, ‘I’ll find you a bed.’ It’s just something about this, the way that it affects these patients.” At least 37 deaths have been linked to the COVID-19 outbreak at the Life Care Center.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns of symptoms such as high fever, dry cough and shortness of breath — but makes no mention of eye issues in the agency’s guidance on the virus. –NY Post