Mild Covid Could Shrink the Brain- Leading to Cognitive Decline

Studies have shown that mild Covid has the ability to shrink the brain. If you work in homecare, private nursing, in the social workers sector or even in the mental health department at a hospital then you will know what a huge impact this has had on people. Bespoke care packages have been brought to a standstill as a result of the pandemic and care in general has said to have decreased. New research has come out to show that those who end up contracting Covid-19 end up experiencing cognitive decline. Academic scientists have done scans on those who were aged between 51 and 81. They have found that out of the 785 people who were tested, that there was an overall decline in their cognitive ability and that they could not perform complex tasks as well. Researchers looked at the various changes that had happened around 5 months after a Covid-19 infection and they then published their findings. They have also come out to say that they do not know if the impact on the brain can be reversed or if anything can be done to try and give people the support that they need.

Those who did contract Covid-19 also found that they had a greater decline in their overall mental ability, and they were also not able to perform mental tasks as well. This included complex tasks. The main reason for this is because they had less brain matter, and they also had a higher level of brain abnormality. Things like this happened to be more marked when the person got to an older age but either way it just goes to show that it is still very prominent and that more needs to be done to try and understand the impact of Covid-19 on the brain.

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