The virus is carried to the eyes and is expressed in tears.
CONCLUSIONS: Ocular symptoms are relatively common in COVID-19 disease and may appear just before the onset of respiratory symptoms. Our data provided the anecdotal evidences of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 via ocular surface.
Occular Tropism is a phenomenon the occurs in respiratory viral infections commonly enough to warrant this study.
IN PLAIN ENGLISH: Before the fever, in the first few days of infection, you might notice redness and irritation of the eyes. It might feel like bad allergies, if you've ever felt that before. They might feel dry or itchy. They could likely produce copious tears. The study found that this is due to the virus, and suggests that it is actually a common first symptom. What they didn't mention was that this irritation and infection in the eye could continue and worsen before it resolves. You should expect this symptom to resolve as your body cures itself of the infection.
"Nurse Chelsey Earnest told CNN that as she worked with coronavirus patients at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., she began to notice that the sickest ones had a single thing in common.
“It’s something that I witnessed in all of them,” she told CNN. “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.”
This could be interpreted as a homeopathic Arsenicum symptom, Kali-Mur, Camphor. I'm studying these and other remedies and will update this when I'm a bit more confident that I could suggest one or two possibilities.
Is there a link here between Coronavirus and Kawasaki disease?
Yesterday's blog post was about Kawasaki disease, typically a childhood disease that manifests late-stage. The study I linked above, and here again, not only lists Coronavirus as a one that exhibits occular tropism (infects the eye), they also mentioned this bit:
"An association between HCoV-NL63 infection and Kawasaki disease (a systemic vasculitis of childhood for which presentation with bilateral conjunctivitis is one criterion for diagnosis) has been reported; however, a definitive link of HCoV-NL63 as the etiologic agent of this disease has not been established (166, 168).
The direct link to the virus and vasculitis can't be established. Perhaps we're into co-infection territory. I've always suspected Streptococcus.