Nurse says red eyes are telltale sign of coronavirus infection

Red eyes may be a tell-tale sign of coronavirus: Nurse who treated patients in Seattle nursing home says they ALL shared the facial 'symptom' Chelsey Earnest is a nurse at Life Care Center in Kirkland, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state She said redness around the eyes was the most important sign that someone was infected with the virus Earnest said that if she told one physician that somebody had red eyes, a hospital bed would be made ready for them At least, 129 patients and staff and visitors were infected with around 35 deaths There are more than 54,000 confirmed cases and over 700 deaths across the US Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

By Mary Kekatos Senior Health Reporter For Dailymail.com

Published: 23:03 GMT, 24 March 2020 | Updated: 09:49 GMT, 25 March 2020

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A nurse treating patients with the novel coronavirus says red eyes may be a sign that someone is infected. 

Chelsey Earnest, a worker at the Life Care Center in Kirkland - the epicenter of the outbreak in Washington - told CNN that the eyes were 'the single most important' sign that residents had COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

'It's something that I witnessed in all of [the patients],' she said.

'They have, like...allergy eyes. The white part of the eye is not red. It's more like they have red eye shadow on the outside of their eyes.'  

Chelsey Earnest (pictured) is a nurse who treated coronavirus patients at Life Care Center in Kirkland, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state

Chelsey Earnest (pictured) is a nurse who treated coronavirus patients at Life Care Center in Kirkland, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state

She said redness around the eyea was the most important sign that someone was infected with the virus. Pictured: Medics transport a patient through heavy rain into an ambulance at the Life Care Center, March 7

She said redness around the eyea was the most important sign that someone was infected with the virus. Pictured: Medics transport a patient through heavy rain into an ambulance at the Life Care Center, March 7

Earnest said that if she told one physician that somebody had red eyes, a hospital bed would be made ready for them. Pictured: Sisters Carmen Gray (reflected at left) and Bridget Parkhill visit their mother Susan Hailey, who is recovering from coronavirus at Life Care, March 24

Earnest said that if she told one physician that somebody had red eyes, a hospital bed would be made ready for

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