COVID-19 has drastically transformed the way we live. It has made us more health cautious and that is how it should be. This notorious infection affects every organ of the human body and disrupts its functioning in one or the other way and our brain is no exception.
According to a study by WebMD, about 1 in 7 persons, who are infected with coronavirus have developed some neurological side effects or symptoms that affected their brain function. Many COVID recovered patients experience, dizziness, confusion, loss of smell, taste, memory loss, and strokes for a long time.
Today on World Brain Day, a day that celebrates the well being and health of the part that regulates the function of our body, we will attempt to explain how COVID-19 affects the brain.
Coronavirus and brain
Several studies and health experts have suggested that coronavirus has the capacity to intrude with the functioning of our brain that sometimes even leads to fatalities. This may occur due to the virus entering the bloodstream or nerve endings, this is why COVID patients often experience loss of smell and taste.
It also happens because the immune system, in its attempt to combat the virus, can produce a maladaptive inflammatory response, which can cause significant damage to tissues and organs.
It has also been reported that blood clotting in COVID patients is due to excessive use of steroids. This abnormality can sometimes lead to a rampageous brain stroke.
Lack of oxygen is also a cause of brain damage. It has been established by now that coronavirus attacks the lungs taking the oxygen level of the body significantly low. Sometimes this shortage of oxygen can disrupt brain functioning.
After-effects of COVID on brain
Loss of taste and smell: Many people after recovering from COVID don't get their smell and taste back for several months after recovery. Some experience certain changes in taste pallete. It is due to the long hauls of COVID on the human brain.
Brain Fog: You might have heard this time several times by now on news channels, panel discussions, and by your doctor. Brain fog is a term used for temporary memory-related issues and dysfunctionalities in the initial stage of recovery or few weeks after the recovery.