Many people are still experiencing memory issues, mental fog, and mood swings months after contracting COVID-19. One reason is that the condition can impair the brain in the long run. Frontera led a study that discovered that more over a third of COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals had a new neurological condition soon after becoming infected. A six-month follow-up research indicated that roughly half of the patients in that group who survived were still having cognitive difficulties six months later.
Bleeding, Blood clots, inflammation, oxygen deprivation, and disruption of the protective Blood-brain barrier are among the current COVID-related brain threats. In monkeys, there’s also new evidence that the virus can directly infect and kill particular brain cells. COVID-related changes in brain tissue appear to be mild rather than spectacular, according to Geidy Serrano, director of the Banner Sun Health Research Institute’s laboratory of neuropathology. Nonetheless, anything that impacts the brain, even a slight insult, she claims, could have a substantial impact on cognition.
A team of scientists at the California National Primate Research Center at UC Davis has provided some of the most recent findings into how COVID-19 impacts the brain. The scientists set out to investigate how the SARS-CoV-2 virus was infecting the animals’ lungs and body tissues when COVID-19 arrived in the United States in early 2020, according to John Morrison, a neurology professor who runs the research facility. Morrison, on the other hand, felt the virus was invading an organ that hadn’t gotten much attention.