Understanding The Neurological And Psychological Effects Of Covid-19

More than a year into the Covid-19 pandemic, the subject of “long Covid,” the symptoms of the disease that go on for weeks or months, is gaining in prominence and importance. Of particular interest are the neurological and psychological complications that can linger on in Covid-19 survivors long after they’ve left the hospital and returned to their homes. Reports of long-term fatigue, “brain fog,” and post-traumatic stress disorder are increasing in number, but still lacking in clarity as far as underlying mechanisms are concerned. Some of these neuropsychiatric effects, like the loss of taste and smell, are transient, appearing as the disease progresses and subsiding once the virus clears. But others are more persistent—and potentially, even lifelong, like damage from stroke. Though neurological and psychological complications can be collapsed into one category, the more evidence that emerges, the more imperative it becomes, for the purposes of care and treatment, to distinguish between the two. Neurological symptoms pertain specifically to damage the virus causes, whether directly or indirectly, to the nervous system, while psychological symptoms encompass behavioral, emotional, and cognitive impairments. Read full article on Forbes Originally published on Forbes (April 29, 2021)
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