Coronavirus can lead to a number of devastating consequences for the brain. This is reported by Nature Magazine with reference to the scientific research of scientists from the University of Liverpool, University College London, Yale University, and the Icon Medical School.
It is reported that 62 percent of patients infected with coronavirus and received neurological and psychiatric complications, damaged the blood supply to the brain. At the same time, 31 percent received such changes in mental state as confusion and prolonged unconsciousness.
The most common neurological consequences of coronavirus, according to a study by University College London, were stroke, and encephalitis – inflammation of brain tissue. It can go into a more severe form – acute multiple encephalomyelitides, which causes inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, and nerve cells lose their shell, causing symptoms like multiple sclerosis. Some of these severe patients had little respiratory symptoms, and in their case, the main disease was brain damage.
It is noted that neurological symptoms may have occurred in different population groups.
“We saw a group of people of relatively young age without the usual risk factors, who had strokes, as well as patients with severe mental changes that cannot be explained,” said Benedict Michael, a neurologist at the University of Liverpool.
According to neurologist Fernand de Felice of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, more than 50 percent of seriously ill patients with COVID-19 may have experienced neurological complications. However, it is extremely difficult to determine the degree of spread of neurological symptoms among people who have undergone coronavirus in mild or asymptomatic form due to a lack of information.
On March 11, the World Health Organization declared an outbreak of new coronavirus infection COVID-19 a pandemic. According to the latest WHO data, more than 29.1 million cases of infection have been detected in the world, more than 926 thousand people died.