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Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is the inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear tissue covering the white part of the eyes. It becomes red or swollen when it is infected, irritated, or inflamed due to a bacteria or virus.

Pink eye has been detected as an uncommon symptom in a small number of children positive for COVID-19, according to The Lancet. In one case in China, a 2-year-old boy developed conjunctivitis and eyelid dermatitis seven days after testing positive for the virus. Furthermore, a case study involving five children has revealed that conjunctivitis may be the only sign and symptom of an active COVID-19 infection in children and that they may not develop respiratory symptoms at all.

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COVID-19 and pediatric conjunctivitis