The Covid-19 pandemic has had such a devastating impact that researchers are making discoveries on a daily basis. A new study found linked the SARS-CoV-2 infection with cognitive deficits, such as the acceleration of Alzheimer’s disease. This progressive disease triggers dementia, and symptoms tend to worsen in time. There is no cure, and the available treatments can only try to improve life quality for those suffering from this disease. At the 2021 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, the findings of the study have been revealed.
Covid-19 patients can suffer from ‘brain fog’
The research showed that some patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus suffer neuropsychiatric symptoms. Some of these symptoms are ‘brain fog’, loss of taste and smell and cognitive underperformance. The researchers noticed that some symptoms have long-term effects, and they are trying to determine how they evolve and how these brain dysfunctions are triggered. It will take more research to understand everything. For now, it was noticed that there was a correlation between Covid-19 neurological symptoms and Alzheimer’s disease symptoms such as neuro-inflammation.
Medical conditions and Covid
The CDC explains that not everyone infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus will experience severe symptoms, but some are more prone to than others are. Severe symptoms can trigger hospitalization, the need for intensive care, intubations, and the use of a ventilator. Previous statistics showed that older adults are more prone to severe cases, and more than 80% of death due to the coronavirus have been in the age category over 65. Moreover, 95% of Covid related deaths occurred in people over 45.
Racial and ethnic minorities are also more affected by the pandemic because younger people inside these communities suffer from other chronic medical conditions. Therefore, once they get infected, they develop severe symptoms and some die.