About a third of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 will have some type of neurological symptoms, such as seizures and strokes.
We don’t have solid data on how many will fight brain fog, but many report it.
It has been a month since Gary Herritz tested positive for COVID-19 and he is still feeling the effects.
“My short-term memory is just gone. When I’m texting with my daughter, I have to scroll up and keep reading what I already told her to find out what we’re talking about, ”he said. “Even today, with this interview, I have a notebook here.”
It’s probably multiple factors. We know that the coronavirus can invade the brain and nearby nerves.
COVID-19 can cause inflammation of the brain. Patients with severe cases may suffer Post-traumatic stress disorder, especially if they were hospitalized for a long time or needed to go to a fan.
It can be much more severe than simply forgetting a word or two.
“When cooking, if you walk away from the stove, you might forget that you are doing something. If you add that you can’t smell, you wouldn’t know if something is burning, ”Herritz said.
He keeps detailed notes and places his medications in the middle of the floor for you to see and remember to take.
Post-COVID brain fog is being studied. But younger, healthier people are more likely to recover, while those who are older or have had a previous brain injury, such as a stroke, are more likely to experience long-term problems.
Those with more severe cases may be at higher risk for permanent problems.
Herritz says that antibody treatment received because it is high risk saved his life. He hopes to persuade others to wear masks, distance themselves, and get vaccinated.
“It can happen to you. COVID will find you. It found me. I don’t know many people who have been more careful,” he said.
Many people have developed severe long-term symptoms after suffering from COVID-19.
If you suffer from mental confusion or other memory problems, it is important to tell your doctor because there are steps you can take to help your brain recover.
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