"This question demands to be top of mind: What can COVID do to our brains?
Add to a growing stack of relevant research a controversial report published
last week by Nature Medicine
It suggests that seven out of 100 COVID cases could lead to serious brain
problems that may last a lifetime.
The authors, led by Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, a clinical epidemiologist at the
Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis, used U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs medical records to track the brain health of 154,000 people who had
tested positive for COVID.
Their conclusion, as summed up in a press release: “Those who have been
infected with the virus are at increased risk of developing a range of
neurological conditions in the first year after the infection.”
The conditions are not trivial. They include strokes. Cognitive and memory
problems. Migraine headaches. Epileptic seizures. Involuntary muscle
contractions. Hearing and vision abnormalities. Balance and co-ordination
difficulties. Depression and anxiety. And symptoms similar to Parkinson’s
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