Rui Hachimura will miss approximately three weeks with bi-lateral epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC), the Washington Wizards announced Monday afternoon. The forward was diagnosed with EKC on Dec. 16, according to the press release.
Injury update: Rui Hachimura will miss approximately three weeks with bi-lateral epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC).— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 21, 2020
Hachimura, who will miss the starting weeks of the 2020-21 NBA regular season, only played in the first preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets. He had a solid performance with 18 points and 4 rebounds but then missed the two remaining pre-season games due to EKC.
For those of you who aren’t aware of what EKC is, it is a contagious eye infection that affects both the cornea (the clear part around your eyeballs). and the conjunctiva (the white part of your eyeballs). These are caused by adenoviruses which can give those infected with symptoms like swollen eyelids, red eyes and possibly temporary blurry vision. Since the infection is bilateral, Hachimura has this infection in both eyes. This is a contagious thing.
The Wizards previously indicated in the preseason that he had just conjunctivitis, which is more commonly known as pink eye. Unfortunately, it’s a bit bigger than that.
Here is a link below where you can learn more about EKC:
Hopefully Hachimura can pick up where he left off when he returns to the court. Thankfully, he doesn’t have COVID-19.