More than 80% of people hospitalised with Covid left brain damaged, study claims

Eight out of ten people who were hospitalized with Covid suffer brain damage, according to new examinations.

Symptoms range from headache and loss of smell or taste to coma and stroke.

According to scientists, those affected die six times more often from the infection.

The shock results are based on an interim analysis from the Global Consortium study on neurological dysfunction in Covid-19 (GCS-NeuroCOVID).

Of 3,744 adults in the hospital, an alarming 82 percent had neurological problems.

Almost four in ten reported headaches – and almost a third said they had lost their sense of smell or taste.

Of the clinically diagnosed syndromes – abnormalities that a bedside doctor can observe – acute encephalopathy was the most common.

The term refers to general damage to the brain – temporary or permanent conditions that affect its structure or function.

Lead author Professor Sherry Chou said, “Even if the pandemic is completely eradicated, we are still talking about the millions of survivors in need of our help.

“It is important to find out what symptoms and health problems these patients are facing, and there is still a lot of work to be done in the years to come.”

Lead researcher Prof. Chou of the University of Pittsburgh added, “Acute encephalopathy is by far the most common symptom we see in the clinic.

“These patients may be in an altered sensory state, or have impaired consciousness, or they may not feel like themselves and act confused, insane, or excited.”

Almost half of the patients were affected – before coma (17 percent) and stroke (six percent).

A patient in the intensive care unit

Prof. Chou said, “Very early on in the pandemic, it was found that a good number of people who were sick enough to be hospitalized also develop neurological problems.

“A year later we are still fighting an unknown invisible enemy and, as in any battle, we need information – we need to learn as much as possible about the neurological effects of Covid-19 on actively sick patients and survivors.” “

The coronavirus has even been found to attack the brain directly, causing meningitis and inflammation of the brain, known medically as encephalitis.

However, these events were very rare and occurred less than one percent of the time.

It is known that Covid-19 infects the brain and affects the body’s own neural network.

Now scientists are studying the long-term effects – to see if the virus is causing permanent brain damage.

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An existing neurological disease – from diseases of the brain, spinal cord and nerves to chronic migraines or dementia – doubled the risk.

All of the neurological symptoms associated with the virus – from loss of smell to stroke – were associated with a six-fold higher risk of death.

But even if a patient beats chances and recovers, their long-term health prospects are still uncertain, said Prof. Chou.

The first results, published in JAMA Network Open, are part of a global effort to gather information on incidence, severity, and results.

It is the largest cohort study of its kind to date and covers 133 locations on all continents with the exception of Antarctica.

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The coronavirus has even been found to attack the brain directly, causing meningitis and brain swelling or encephalitis.

However, these events were very rare and occurred less than one percent of the time.

The GCS-NeuroCOVID consortium has attracted employees from Europe, North and South America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

The cognitive and neurological effects of Covid-19 remain unknown.

However, doctors who found evidence of the virus in the brain and central nervous system are increasingly concerned.

A British and an American team have started a research project to determine whether the infection increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

The full effects of brain problems caused by the coronavirus are not fully understood for decades as survivors get older.

However, autopsies, mouse studies, and data from other respiratory viruses are all cause for concern, researchers have warned.

One study found that even people with moderate cases of Covid-19 can experience strokes and seizures.

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