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SARS‐CoV‐2 - Ocular Infection and Replication

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‐CoV‐2)-induced coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) affects many organs, including the lung, kidney, gut, and brain; however, interesting recent research has also shown that a small percentage of COVID‐19 patients present with ocular symptoms. In a STEM CELLS Translational Medicine review article, researchers led by Majlinda Lako (Newcastle University, UK) critically evaluate the growing literature on COVID‐19 and the ocular surface and also the cell, organ, animal, and patient‐specific models used to elucidate the impact of SARS‐CoV‐2 on the ocular surface. The comprehensive review of the area by Armstrong et al. suggests that ocular symptoms are most likely encountered in the initial phase of infection, with conjunctiva showing the highest propensity for infection.