85% of long-haul carriers of COVID-19 have multiple brain-related symptoms

Many COVID-19 “long distance carriers” experience at least four persistent neurological symptoms, such as mental confusion, headache and loss of sense of smell or taste, even if they were never hospitalized for their initial illness, according to a new study.

For the study, published Tuesday (March 23) in the journal Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, the researchers analyzed information from 100 COVID-19 long-haul carriers from 21 states. These patients were seen via telehealth or in person at the Neuro COVID-19 Clinic at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago from May to November 2020. None of the patients had been hospitalized when they initially became ill with Symptoms similar to COVID-19, and all had experienced persistent symptoms for more than six weeks. On average, patients were seen four to five months after their initial illness.

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