According to a new study, almost two thirds of those infected with “Long Covid” experience the so-called phenomenon of “brain fog” which includes serious cognitive issues, the scariest of all being memory loss problems.
The Director of Rehabilitation Innovation at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York and the author of this new study, David Putrino, explains that “Our work and the work of many others has shown this affects people’s abilities to make plans, to synthesize information, and to do their daily activities of work. It affects people of all ages and it does not seem to discriminate on who it is going to strike down after an acute event.”
He also discussed the very damaging impact of long Covid on patients who sometimes continue to experience symptoms months after initially getting infected with the virus.
“They suffer from quite a lot of memory loss and the inability to form new memories, as well as some difficulty speaking. This is a really debilitating condition with serious cognitive conditions.”
Putrino’s research was able to show how long Covid can really affect patients’ work capacity with almost half of them not being able to get back to their jobs full time, according to a survey conducted as part of the study.
Another important discovery the survey was able to make was that almost two thirds of patients infected with long Covid also experience “brain fog” which is an umbrella term that includes memory loss.
During an interview with CNBC for The News with Shepard Smith, the study’s author stressed that long Covid is a “real problem” and that we need to start paying much more attention to it in order to also provide the appropriate long-term care for those impacted by it.
“It’s affecting patients of all ages and it does not seem to discriminate on who it is going to strike down after an acute event. We need to organize, and need to start getting government groups involved in providing some long-term care for patients who’ve been sick for over a year now with no real end in sight,” Putrino explained.