COVID raises risk of long-term brain injury, large U.S….


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COVID raises risk of long-term brain injury, large U.S. study finds


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  1. I’m really nervous that in a decade from now we are going to see some bad stuff akin to how chicken pox causes shingles later.

  2. This is a link to the study: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-022-02001-z

    Quote: “We estimated that the hazard ratio of any neurologic sequela was 1.42 (95% confidence intervals 1.38, 1.47) and burden 70.69 (95% confidence intervals 63.54, 78.01) per 1,000 persons at 12 months.”

    In other words: the study found that, at 12 months follow up, a person in the COVID-19 group was 1.42 times more likely than a person in the control group to have any of the conditions defined as neurologic conditions in this study. There were about 7 new cases of neurologic conditions in every 100 people in the COVID-19 group, on top of the baseline rate of neurologic conditions in the control group.

    The study has several limitations described in detail in the paper. For example, demographic variables are not very diverse (mostly white, mostly male, by a lot). Also, this took place in the U.S. before vaccines were widely available. Although the control group was designed to have no people with COVID-19, it’s also possible that some people in the control group had unknown COVID-19 (which could lead to an underestimation of risk).

  3. With all this being known we have to try and do something. There’s no way our government is declaring it over with hundreds still dying, people still becoming long haulers with no relief, and possible future effects. All of these assholes need to be out of office.

  4. My favorite takeaway point. I have been trying to explain to my family and friends the potential long term consequences of the virus since the beginning of the pandemic, but less eloquently:

    “Governments and health systems should take into account the findings that SARS-CoV-2 leads to long-term neurologic (and other serious) consequences when devising policy for continued management of this pandemic and developing plans for a postpandemic world. Some of the neurologic disorders reported here are serious chronic conditions that will impact some people for a lifetime. These conditions require early identification and care to reduce the risk of further downstream adverse outcomes. The added burden of new (incident) neurologic disease (and other incident long-term disorders) that result as a consequence of infection with SARS-CoV-2 will likely have profound ramifications not only on patients’ quality of life and life expectancy but also on health systems and economic productivity; these also risk widening inequities15. It is imperative that we recognize the enormous challenges posed by Long Covid and all its downstream long-term consequences. Meeting these challenges requires urgent and coordinated—but so far absent—global, national and regional response strategies16,17.”

  5. I’m 100% certain it damaged my brain and I’m only 2.5 years out. I used to be known for my memory and now I have to keep sticky notes everywhere. Nevermind the year of migraines that followed.

  6. I got the initial two-shot vaccine and a booster (still not eligible for another? I can’t seem to schedule another anywhere) and just came down with Covid this week. I also have ADHD. The brain fog is so much worse now. I have so much trouble keeping a train of thought. I can’t smell or taste right now either so anything that would compel me to eat isn’t working. Food without taste is very boring and ADHD brain finds it a chore to just eat without the reward of taste. This is a nightmare. I’ve not even finished my coffee I made a half hour ago. It’s only like… 8oz of coffee.

  7. I wound up with cervical dystonia, a rare neurological movement disorder, about two months after infection, and within days of getting my Pfizer booster. I’m unable to keep my head straight as my neck is stuck in a twisted position, and it has significantly impacted my quality of life. Can’t help but wonder if it’s all related. I’d like to be a part of one of these studies.

  8. Well is t that great that the people with brain damage were touting a herd immunity strategy to even out the playing field

  9. Any idea how one might mitigate this if you’ve already had covid?

    Do the vaccines (old or bivalent) show any sign of helping with prevention?

  10. Is long covid going to be the end of the human race? While “getting over a cold/fever” type situation from initial infection may seem like an acute, subtle, or temporary setback in a person’s health (and it’s probably due to the fact that the “common cold” is not that debilitating for most people), the many ways covid wreaks havoc on the human body and all it’s internal systems (respiratory, vascular, mental etc.) will disable the human population on a societal, economical, and global scale.

    We are going to be seeing a lot more visits to the doctors who (and let’s face it, here in the U.S., are not always the best, given the insurance system and scheduling system) won’t be equipped to help resolve the many “minor” issues people face as a result of a past covid infection. They may prescribe some medications/treatments, or send patients to specialists, but I suspect the vast majority will have no clue how to help their patients.

    Without the lack the adequate care, patients suffering from long covid are going to be disabled in one way or another. It may or may not be apparent in their thoughts and actions, but on the aggregate, our society is going to suffer as a whole, and a lot of things will fall into decline. It is very concerning if we start seeing mental declines or “brain fog” begin to manifest in people post covid infection. They won’t be themselves 100%. Think of dementia in one person you might know. It’s hard to have an elderly family member suffer through that. Now think of an entire population suffering from varying degrees of “not being themselves”. These are the people who are still working, learning, contributing to society etc., and if enough people from the same group suffer, their collective thoughts/actions may not always be the best for themselves in the long run.

    So what we need now is more vigilance and education that long covid IS a thing. It will slowly debilitate those affected and leaders need to step up and inform the population to take this seriously, for the greater good, for the long term, for generations to come.

  11. Do I need to say it? At this point, is there a correlation between being unvaccinated and likelihood of brain damage?

  12. I see so many of these and I don’t want to have to read them all. Do any of these articles mention if the risk for brain damage is the same for people who are vaccinated?

  13. man my brain doesn’t even function at 100% now. it’s like nerfing bottom tier champs. COVID what you doing my man?

  14. But I was told to touch grass yesterday when I suggested that maybe we’re jumping the gun in letting this thing spread unmitigated when we are only just learning about it’s long-term health effects. 🤔

  15. So maybe this could be in the long run a good thing for the GOP? More brain damage, more voters? 🤷🏼‍♂️🤔