According to a study led by Dr. Ziyad l-Aly, a clinical epidemiologist at the Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis, seven out of 100 people with COVID show signs of serious brain problems that may last a lifetime.
The study uses U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical records to record the brain health of people who tested positive for COVID.
COVID was never thought to be only mild disease. But researchers are now reporting that it can cause neurological conditions that are incurable and may last a lifetime.
The study by Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly and colleagues at the Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis uses U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical records to track the brain health of 154,000 people who tested positive for COVID between March 2020 and January 2021 (most were white males). During the same period, two other control groups of patients, with some 10 million people, one control group did not have COVID and another group predated the pandemic.
Compared to the uninfected control groups, seven percent of the 154,000 patients survived a COVID infection and reported a diverse range of neurological conditions. This means more than six million Americans currently may suffer from some form of brain impairment from COVID, according to Dr. Al-Aly’s estimate.
People with COVID have:
a 77% greater chance of suffering memory loss
50 percent greater chance of having an ischemic stroke
80% increased chance of experiencing seizures
a 30% larger probability of experiencing eye issues
a 42% greater chance of getting tremors and twitches similar to Parkinson’s disease
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