PEOPLE who have contracted Covid are at increased risk of serious brain injuries within a year of being infected – even those who did not become ill that way.
This was announced by American researchers strokes, convulsions, memory problems and movement disorders are among the problems that afflict patients after catching virus.
Debilitating neurological conditions are seven percent more common in those who contract Covid than in those who do not.
And these terrible diseases are not limited to those who are hospitalized due to Covid.
The study, published in Nature, found that brain disorders were also common among the healthy, the young, and those who developed only a mild case of the virus.
“The results show the devastating long-term effects of Covid-19,” senior author Dr. Ziyad Al-Ali of Washington University School of Medicine said in a statement.
“It doesn’t matter whether you are young or old, female or male, or what race you are.
“It doesn’t matter if you smoked or not, or if you had other unhealthy habits or conditions,” said Dr. Al-Ali.
More than 22 million Britons have contracted Covid so far, according to the Department of Health.
This means that more than 154,000 people in the UK could be suffering from neurological conditions due to the virus.
As part of the study, experts from the University of Washington School of Medicine examined the medical records of more than 150,000 people who tested positive for Covid.
They compared these records with 5.6 million patients who did not have Covid during the same time period.
They also compared the results with another group of 5.8 million people from the previous period the coronavirus has spread all over the world.
People who have had Covid-19 are 80 per cent more likely to suffer from epilepsy or seizures than those who have not contracted the virus, a study has found
People infected with the virus are also 50 percent more likely to have an ischemic stroke – which is caused by blood clots – compared to the never-infected group.
Those infected with the virus are also 43 percent more likely to develop mental disorders such as restlessness or depression.
While those with Covid were 35 percent more likely to experience mild to severe illness headaches and 22 percent more likely to develop hearing impairments – such as tinnitusor ringing in the ears.
Previous research into how Covid affects the brain has mostly focused on hospitalized patients, while Dr. Al-Ali’s study included both hospitalized and non-hospitalized patients.
Earlier this year, doctors warned that if you’ve had the coronavirus, you’re also at increased risk Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease disease.
Meanwhile, researchers – including from the universities of Imperial College London and Cambridge – have found that Covid can cause A “significant drop” in intelligence.