Covid-19 can ‘age’ the brain in up to 10 years

Covid-19 can ‘age’ the brain in up to 10 years
Covid-19 can ‘age’ the brain in up to 10 years

Coronavirus victims scored poorly on tests of logic and meaning of words, spatial orientation, maintenance of attention, among others

People who have had the coronavirus can suffer lasting cognitive impairment. A new study has indicated that, in the worst cases, the infection can cause a mental decline equivalent to an 8.5-point drop in IQ or ten-year brain aging. The information is The Times.

The research involved 84,285 people who recovered from Covid-19 and observed brain damage to varying degrees, depending on the severity of the disease. “People who were hospitalized showed deficits in global performance on a large to medium scale,” the study reported.

Coronavirus victims scored poorly on tests of logic and word meaning, spatial orientation, maintaining attention and processing their emotions, for example.

The research was led by doctor Adam Hampshire of Imperial College London, UK, and published on the MedRxiv website. The findings have not yet been reviewed by other doctors.

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