Pence’s Pink Eye Raises COVID Issues


Oct. 8, 2020 — Vice President Mike Pence’s left eye appeared purple throughout Wednesday evening’s vice presidential debate, main web customers to guess that Pence has pinkeye — a identified symptom of COVID-19.

In the course of the debate with Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, Pence’s eye undoubtedly appeared purple. Whereas the marketing campaign and his workplace haven’t commented on his situation, it didn’t cease others from suggesting the vice chairman had pinkeye, formally often called conjunctivitis.

Along with a pesky fly that landed on Pence’s head, it made for provocative chatter.

“He had a bloody eye and a fly on his head,” Anderson Cooper stated on CNN.

Pinkeye has lengthy been often called a doable symptom of the coronavirus. The chance that Pence has pinkeye is then extra vital given the coronavirus outbreak now hitting the White Home. President Donald Trump and lots of others have examined constructive for the virus, and whereas Pence says he has to this point examined unfavorable, consultants stated this week that the vice chairman needs to be in quarantine and not taking part in campaign events or Wednesday’s debate.

Practically 1 / 4 of pediatric COVID sufferers had pinkeye from Jan. 26 by means of March 18, in keeping with a research revealed in JAMA Ophthalmology on Aug. 26. A second research revealed in the identical journal the subsequent day detailed two adults with COVID and conjunctivitis. One was a 29-year-old male and the opposite a 51-year-old lady.

In June, researchers on the College of Alberta in Canada examined a case of a 29-year-old lady with COVID and conjunctivitis. Scientists there discovered that pinkeye is a secondary symptom of COVID in 10% to fifteen% of instances.

A research from China, revealed in late March, discovered 12 of 38 sufferers with COVID-19 additionally had pinkeye.

The extra extreme a affected person’s COVID-19 is, the extra possible it’s that they may also have pinkeye, in keeping with the report revealed on-line March 31 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Alfred Sommer, MD, a professor of epidemiology and worldwide well being at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Faculty of Public Well being in Baltimore, wrote an editorial that accompanied the research.

“This can be a warning to people who the conjunctiva is usually a supply of an infection which may unfold to others,” he stated.

HealthDay contributed to this report.

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JAMA Ophthalmology: “Documenting Course of two Instances of Conjunctivitis in Cell Hospitals In the course of the Coronavirus Illness 2019 Pandemic,” “Ocular Manifestations and Scientific Traits of Youngsters With Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 in Wuhan, China.”

College of Alberta: “U of A clinician-scientists determine pink eye as doable major symptom of COVID-19.”

Twitter: @atrupar, Oct. 7, 2020.

HealthDay: “’Pink Eye’ Usually a Symptom of COVID-19, and An infection Through Tears Attainable.”

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