7th Jul 2020
7th Jul 2020
Curated by Endre Szvetnik
For a long time during the COVID-19 pandemic, the novel coronavirus was associated primarily with lung damage. However, emerging research suggests an array of other conditions survivors of a severe form COVID-19 need to cope with.
How long does it take to recover? Studies into mild cognitive impairment suggest that a proportion (16%) of patients can recover approximately a year after being allowed home from the hospital. Other, population-based studies (observing people after hospital release) suggest that recovery is quite common and occurs between 29-55% of cases. Delirium, on the other hand, can lead to long-term impacts. According to a 2010 study, 71% of former ICU patients who needed mechanical ventilation, were still suffering from cognitive impairment 12 months after hospital release. Another research paper reported cognitive deficits among post-delirium patients for up to 18 months after hospital discharge. Due to COVID-19 being a new pandemic, research is still lacking into the brain damage caused by the disease. However, based on experience treating brain traumas, physicians advise regular exercise, good sleep and a healthy diet to help the brain recover. They also prescribe targeted brain training programmes to improve brain function but there is an ongoing scientific debate about their value.
Here is the current state of science on a Sparrho pinboard. NB: The pinboard contains research papers that have not been peer-reviewed yet, meaning that they have not gone through the standard scientific validation process yet.
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