News and notices. March 10, 2020

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

3-D image (artistic rather than electron microscope photograph) of what the coronavirus looks like
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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is emerging as a global threat to public health. It causes severe acute respiratory infection and is highly contagious. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has published specific guidance for ophthalmologists, as they may be the first medical professionals to evaluate patients possibly infected with COVID-19. It has recently been established that COVID-19 can cause conjunctivitis in a minority of patients.

Be aware that patients with both conjunctivitis and respiratory symptoms may be infected with COVID-19, particularly if they have recently returned from an area of the world where COVID 19 is known to occur or been in contact with people who have done so.

Please follow recommended infection control guidelines.

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