By Mary Kekatos Senior Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 23:03 GMT, 24 March 2020 | Updated: 09:49 GMT, 25 March 2020
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
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