How does COVID-19 affect the Central Nervous System (CNS)

A new study reveals that COVID-19 can affect the central nervous system, adding it to the long list of deadly symptoms.

Primarily a respiratory disease, the COVID-19 attacks the lungs causing shortness of breath, but a new study reveals other effects emerging too, which includes, stomach, kidney, and brain.

Recently a group of scientists from the University of Cincinnati by conducting neuroimaging has identified that the virus affects neurological activities of the patients affected with COVID. The most common symptoms include altered mental status, and stroke, helping physicians to notice the red flags od the disease earlier.

“To date, this is the largest and first study in the literature that characterizes the neurological symptoms and neuroimaging features in COVID-19 patients. These newly discovered patterns could help doctors better and sooner recognize associations with COVID-19 and possibly provide earlier interventions.” reported lead author Abdelkader Mahammedi.

The study conducted across three institutions included neuroimaging of 725 patients affected with COVID-19. Out of the 725, 8 were diagnosed with serious neurological symptoms and underwent brain surgery. Around 59% portrayed altered mental state symptoms. The remaining patients experienced varied symptoms like headaches, seizures, and dizziness all connected to the central nervous system. Older adults with COVID-19 were seen to be more susceptible to these symptoms. 

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