- A new study found that patients who had bouts with coronavirus can suffer from long term brain damage
- Doctors determined that they are expecting to see a wave of brain damage patients, as an offshoot of COVID-19 infection
- Neurological complications that could arise include nerve damage, stroke and fatal brain inflammation
- Before the pandemic, doctors in the UK see only one patient per month who would suffer from a deadly brain condition, but during the pandemic, the number rose to one per week
A new study conducted by the University College London (UCL) showed that coronavirus patients may suffer from brain damage. Doctors are already seeing the number increasing.
Some of the neurological complications include nerve damage, stroke, and fatal brain inflammation.
The worse part is that this consequence could show even if the patient did not exhibit respiratory symptoms often associated with COVID-19.
"We should be vigilant and look out for these complications in people who have had Covid-19," said Dr. Michael Zandi, the senior author of the study, in a press release made by UCL.
In the study, which was published in the Brain journal, 43 patients were examined, which included both confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases.
Among the patients, the researchers determined that 10 had temporary brain dysfunction and delirium. There were 12 who had brain inflammation while eight had a stroke and eight had nerve damage.
One specific deadly condition that appalled doctors was the acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), which, before the pandemic, they only had one case per month, but during the pandemic, the number rose to one per week.
More research is still needed to understand why patients are developing these complications considering that the virus does not appear to attack the brain directly.
The government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
Doctors have died after being infected by COVID-19. They are among the frontliners who attend to the patients rushing to hospitals amid pandemic.
The COVID-19 outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. The Philippines has slowly eased quarantine measures and Filipinos are starting to adapt to the new normal.
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