Vice President Mike Pence's left eye has become one of the biggest focuses of discussion following Wednesday night's first vice presidential debate after viewers spotted it looked like he had pink eye.
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a symptom of coronavirus with many health experts warning that redness of the eyes is a key indicator that an individual is infected with the deadly virus.
It is not clear what caused the redness in Pence's eyes but, with COVID-19 cases currently sweeping through the top ranks of the White House, social media users quickly went into overdrive.
Swathes of people, including former McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt and former news anchor Katie Couric, questioned whether the vice president has also been struck down with the virus and shared case studies and articles where pink eye has been found to be a symptom.
Vice President Mike Pence's left eye has become one of the biggest focuses of discussion following the first vice presidential debate Wednesday night after viewers noticed it looked like he had pink eye
Pink eye is a symptom of coronavirus with many health experts warning that redness of the eyes is a key indicator that an individual is infected with the deadly virus. Pence's eye last night
The first vice presidential debate got under way Wednesday night where Pence and his Democratic rival Kamala Harris clashed on topics including coronavirus, climate change, racial justice and the Supreme Court.
But while the two opponents couldn't agree on much during the discussion, American viewers were all in agreement afterward that there was something suspicious about Pence's eye.
Some Twitter users dubbed the vice president 'Pink Eye Pence' as they speculated he could be the next member of the Trump administration to test positive for COVID.
Couric tweeted a link to WebMD article about pink eye being a COVID symptom and wrote: '???? “Pink Eye' Often a Symptom of COVID-19'
Schmidt also questioned whether Pence was well tweeting that pink eye is a sign of infection.
'Serious question. Is Pence sick? He doesn’t look well,' he tweeted, before adding in a follow-up tweet: 'Conjunctivitis is a Covid symptom. #covideye'
Several other people also took to social media to discuss the vice president's possible eye condition.
'Pence has that covid pink eye,' one person shared.
'Is Pink eye a symptom of Covid. Asking for @VP,' one user wrote.
Another said: 'Kamala Harris brought heat and the truth. Mike Pence brought pink eye and a fly.'
'Don't let the fly distract you from what's important: mike pence's pink eye,' another person shared.
Social media users debated whether Pence has coronavirus after he appeared with pink eye
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the membrane that lines the eyelid.
It can be a symptom of coronavirus - though it is far less common than other symptoms such as coughing, fever and breathing difficulties.
Back in June, University of Alberta researchers said conjunctivitis can be a primary symptom of the virus and that someone showing signs of it should take a COVID test following the case of an infected woman with severe conjunctivitis.
Researchers found that the 29-year-old woman had a severe case of conjunctivitis but minimal respiratory symptoms when she sought medical attention back in March.
The woman then tested positive for the virus -