World Brain Tumour Day 2021: Here's how COVID affects the brain

Updated:1 month, 2 weeks ago

New Delhi, June 09 (ANI): For those who think COVID-19 is a respiratory disorder, it's the time to think again. As days pass, it has been emerging as the biggest threat to trigger a huge range of neurological disorders. Stroke, anxiety, confusion and fatigue are the few names from the long list. There are many instances when people have had complaints of challenges in staying focused, problems with memory and extreme tiredness after the mild illness. Neurological experts suggest that earlier nobody realized that the virus does cause problems in the brain but after much analysis, they realized that there could be many factors behind it. The coronavirus disrupts the oxygen flow in the body including the brain, resulting in blood-clotting and the hyper-inflammatory response of the immune system. However, it is still not clear whether the novel virus itself is affecting the brain too. Though the recovery rate from the coronavirus infection has gone up, many believe that getting back home from the ICU is the beginning of many neurological disorders that a patient never had before. There has been evidence from the past that how a massive lockdown had affected the brains of the people. Neurologists are working hard to have a better understanding of how coronavirus infection is affecting their patients when various researches have estimated that the deadly virus is causing neurological impact. Whereas, when the research was conducted in aged patients with an age group of 60 and above, it has been seen that they didn't develop any respiratory problem but the first and main symptom they developed was the neurological disorder. Neurological symptoms were displayed including disorientation or confusion, headaches, or even seizure. Some even had impairments in taste or smell. We've already witnessed that Covid-19 can evoke an extremely strong immune response, which is called a cytokine storm. During a cytokine storm, the body overproduces immune cells and proteins to the point where they can attack tissues, leading to blood clots and organ failure in some cases. India should take a cue from the UK and kickstart a surveillance program called CoroNerve. Such a program should be implemented on an urgent basis so that the physicians can report neurological symptoms of Covid-19 and its impact on the brain.

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