COVID-19 increases chance of neurological disorders – US study

According to a new research, COVID-19 may cause brain issues in those who have already infected the virus. Former COVID-19 patients may develop neurological abnormalities, according to a study published in Nature Medicine.

Study-related variables

The Veterans Affairs St. Louis Healthcare System and the Washington University School of Medicine’s Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly analysed 154 000 medical records of US veterans who had previously been infected with COVID-19.

Records were kept between 1 March 2020 and 15 January 2021.

The medical data were compared to those from 5.6 million individuals who were not infected with the virus over the same time period. For comparison, 5.8 million more data from soon before the commencement of COVID-19 in the US were utilised.

Results and recommendations from the research

The research found that among those who had previously tested positive for COVID-19, brain-related disorders were 7% more common. The research went on to list certain neurological diseases and their associated risk factors, including:

  • A 77% higher risk of developing memory problems;
  • A 50% higher chance of ischemic stroke;
  • An 80% higher chance of having seizures;
  • A 43% higher chance of having mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression;
  • A 35% higher risk of headaches and;
  • A 42% higher chance of suffering from movement disorders, such as tremors.

Governments must be ready for any COVID-19-related difficulties in the future, according to researchers.

According to Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, “Given the gigantic scope of the pandemic, tackling these difficulties demands immediate and coordinated global, national, and regional response plans—but, so far, nonexistent” methods.

At the end of October, more than 8 million Pfizer vaccination doses would be outdated.

Over eight million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination are scheduled to run out at the end of the next month, according to a prior report. If these dosages are not given, they might be thrown away.

The Western Cape Department of Health reported that it has attempted a number of different strategies to get individuals COVID-19 immunised. People are no longer visiting vaccination locations, according to Dr. Saadiq Kariem, chief operating officer of the Western Cape Health Department.

The WC Health Department has reportedly been compelled to adapt its immunisation programme, according to Dr. Kariem, who spoke to EWN. He mentioned how many outreach programmes they had.

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