The damage from COVID-19 can result in cognitive impairment sustained by those between 50-70 years of age and is the equivalent of essentially losing 10 IQ points, a new study shows.[jpost.com – 2020.05.08] Severe cases of COVID-19 can cause long-lasting damage to the human body, with the impact on the brain causing such severe impact that it could be equivalent to 20 years of aging, a new study has found.
These findings were published in the peer-reviewed academic journal eClinical Medicine by researchers from the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London.
According to these findings, based on the first-ever rigorous assessments and comparisons of severe COVID-19 after-effects, the damage results in cognitive impairment sustained by those between 50-70 years of age and is the equivalent of essentially losing 10 IQ points.
Not only that, but any recovery is, at best, gradual.
This research was done by analyzing patients in the UK and having them test themselves using the Cognitron platform to measure the efficiency of their mental faculties.
Overall, the subjects had slower response times and were less accurate overall. Particularly bad scoring came on tasks related to finding words as well as processing speeds.
“Cognitive impairment is common to a wide range of neurological disorders, including dementia, and even routine aging, but the patterns we saw — the cognitive ‘fingerprint’ of COVID-19 — was distinct from all of these,” senior author Prof. David Menon of the University of Cambridge said in a statement.
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