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(8,361 posts)
Mon Jul 17, 2023, 08:25 PM Jul 2023

Scientists Are Just Beginning to Understand COVID-19's Effect On the Brain

JULY 17, 2023 10:50 AM EDT

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors started to notice something striking. For what was originally described as a respiratory virus, SARS-CoV-2 seemed to have a strong effect on the brain, causing everything from loss of taste and smell and brain fog to, in serious cases, stroke.

NYU Langone Health, a New York city research hospital, started collating those anecdotes in hopes of better understanding how the virus affects the brain and nervous system. Years later, the project has morphed from focusing solely on acute symptoms to also tracking the long-term neurologic issues that some people with Long COVID experience, says program director Dr. Sharon Meropol.

The list of neurocognitive issues that Meropol’s team and other researchers must track is extensive: cognitive decline, changes in brain size and structure, depression and suicidal thinking, tremors, seizures, memory loss, and new or worsened dementia have all been linked to previous SARS-CoV-2 infections. In some cases, these longer-term problems occur even in patients with relatively mild COVID-19.

The “Holy Grail” question now, Meropol says, is what’s going on in the brains of COVID-19 patients—and how to reverse the damage.


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Scientists Are Just Beginning to Understand COVID-19's Effect On the Brain (Original Post) BeckyDem Jul 2023 OP
K n R ! Thanks for posting!... JoeOtterbein Jul 2023 #1
You're very welcome. BeckyDem Jul 2023 #2
Very important issues, thanks for posting. appalachiablue Jul 2023 #3
You're most welcome. BeckyDem Jul 2023 #4
I lived in a fog for a year. I won't say I'm 100%, but I'm functional, can make it through work and LT Barclay Jul 2023 #5
I am so glad you posted your story, it may help someone else. BeckyDem Jul 2023 #8
Thanks! LT Barclay Jul 2023 #11
Thanks! LT Barclay Jul 2023 #12
Covid isn't done yet..... Al Gorhythm Jul 2023 #6
I hope you'll be ok and have a full recovery. BeckyDem Jul 2023 #9
My husband's been saying that for months.. mountain grammy Jul 2023 #7
You are very welcome. BeckyDem Jul 2023 #10


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1. K n R ! Thanks for posting!...
Mon Jul 17, 2023, 08:36 PM
Jul 2023

...It's good to know I'm not the only one still having problems and that it is being studied.


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2. You're very welcome.
Mon Jul 17, 2023, 08:43 PM
Jul 2023

So sorry you're having problems...I still wear a mask and so does my husband.

My greatest fear is long Covid. I hope you will be well soon!

LT Barclay

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5. I lived in a fog for a year. I won't say I'm 100%, but I'm functional, can make it through work and
Mon Jul 17, 2023, 10:59 PM
Jul 2023

my motivation for larger tasks at home and for recreation is returning. I felt foggy, like just waking up or needing coffee, but couldn't shake the feeling. I had no motivation, no organization, no concentration, some memory issues, and felt fatigued all the time. When turning my head to the left or rising up from bending over, it felt like water was sloshing in my head and pulling me over. I did almost fall a few times.

So here's what helped me. Take it for what it is worth, one more antecdotal story:
One person suggested Host Defense brand Lion's Mane which helped everything but the fatigue and sloshing. I went to a supplement store I trust and the guy there suggested something called "Lymph Mover", and he claimed that proteins in the lymphatic system were the source of much of my symptoms. I tried it, and initially it made me feel lousy, feverish, sore, but after a few days the fatigue and sloshing started to fade.

I'd say I'm 90-95% better. I'm still hoping for that last little bit.


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8. I am so glad you posted your story, it may help someone else.
Tue Jul 18, 2023, 02:10 PM
Jul 2023

I hope you get that last bit too! What a damn ordeal it has been for so many.

Fingers crossed for you and all that.

Al Gorhythm

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6. Covid isn't done yet.....
Mon Jul 17, 2023, 11:20 PM
Jul 2023

Had been careful and didn't catch covid until three weeks ago. Lots of different symptoms- headache, fever, coughing, sore throat, muscle aches and fatigue. Caught it I suspect on a plane where the young woman behind me coughed the entire hour of the flight. Feeling better finally other than random coughing. Feel lucky so far, especially at 68 yo and asthma.

Used to watch YouTube videos of a young woman that was called "The physics girl". Sadly she has long term covid and this was a newscast recently about her. Frightening virus for sure.




(8,361 posts)
9. I hope you'll be ok and have a full recovery.
Tue Jul 18, 2023, 02:27 PM
Jul 2023

It is a horrifying virus, that poor young woman. Thank you for posting it.

mountain grammy

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7. My husband's been saying that for months..
Mon Jul 17, 2023, 11:21 PM
Jul 2023

Everytime there's news of a violent incident like road rage, he says "I wonder if they had COVID"

I just sent him this article to read.Thank you.

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