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More evidence that COVID-19 affects the brain...
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: July 08, 2020 11:53PM

Neurologists are on Wednesday publishing details of more than 40 UK Covid-19 patients whose complications ranged from brain inflammation and delirium to nerve damage and stroke. In some cases, the neurological problem was the patient’s first and main symptom.

The cases, published in the journal Brain, revealed a rise in a life-threatening condition called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (Adem), as the first wave of infections swept through Britain. At UCL’s Institute of Neurology, Adem cases rose from one a month before the pandemic to two or three per week in April and May. One woman, who was 59, died of the complication.

A dozen patients had inflammation of the central nervous system, 10 had brain disease with delirium or psychosis, eight had strokes and a further eight had peripheral nerve problems, mostly diagnosed as Guillain-Barré syndrome, an immune reaction that attacks the nerves and causes paralysis. It is fatal in 5% of cases.

“We’re seeing things in the way Covid-19 affects the brain that we haven’t seen before with other viruses,” said Michael Zandi, a senior author on the study and a consultant at the institute and University College London Hospitals NHS foundation trust.

“What we’ve seen with some of these Adem patients, and in other patients, is you can have severe neurology, you can be quite sick, but actually have trivial lung disease,” he added.

“Biologically, Adem has some similarities with multiple sclerosis, but it is more severe and usually happens as a one-off. Some patients are left with long-term disability, others can make a good recovery.”

The cases add to concerns over the long-term health effects of Covid-19, which have left some patients breathless and fatigued long after they have cleared the virus, and others with numbness, weakness and memory problems...

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Re: More evidence that COVID-19 affects the brain...
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 09, 2020 09:17AM
Ugh. Yes, it appears to cause significant damage to the systems of the body. I would expect there are comorbidities / genetic markers that cause the virus to be more virulent in different ways. The good news about this being a 21st century pandemic is the incredibly large amount of shared information and data mining going on. COVID-19 will be studied for years. Hopefully the politically motivated disease deniers will stop putting barriers in the way of science.

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Re: More evidence that COVID-19 affects the brain...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 09, 2020 12:47PM
I've been saying this since the beginning, that some folks were having the taste / smell symptoms, and it's not clear that these symptoms are caused by respiratory tract effects of the virus...

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