As COVID-19 continues to spread in the United States and internationally, the disease increasingly is becoming a cause for concern throughout the healthcare field, including the ophthalmology community.
This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic, meaning it has spread to more than 100 countries.
The coronavirus can cause respiratory infections, including pneumonia. Symptoms can include respiratory illness, fever, cough, shortness of breath and conjunctivitis. In the office, the virus can be spread by respiratory droplets. As a result, it is imperative for ophthalmologists to wear eye and nose protection. This can include goggles or an N-95 mask.