Steve May 3, 2022

Covid Hospitalisation May Affect Thinking Similar To 20 Years of Ageing, Study Says (theguardian.com)

Posted by msmash from the closer-look dept.

People who have been hospitalised with Covid may be left with difficulties in thinking comparable in magnitude to ageing 20 years, research suggests. From a report: As the pandemic swept the world it became apparent that coronavirus could not only cause immediate health problems but also leave some people with often debilitating symptoms — a condition known as long Covid. According to one UK study, about a third of patients who experienced symptoms after being hospitalised felt fully recovered a year later, with little improvement for most patients in areas including physical function and cognitive impairment. Now experts have revealed that some patients were left with, on average, a lingering cognitive decline.

David Menon, a professor at Cambridge University and senior author of the study, said the degree of impairment was linked to the severity of illness. “[Covid] does cause problems with a variety of organs in the body, including the brain and our cognitive function and our psychological health,” he said. “If you can have a vaccine, and all your doses, you will have less severe illness. So all of these problems are going to be less.” Writing in the eClinicalMedicine journal, Menon and colleagues report how they examined the results of cognitive tests performed by 46 patients, on average six months after they were admitted to Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge between March and July 2020. Of this group, 16 received mechanical ventilation.



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