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The effects of COVID-19 on the brain

Viruses have a history of effecting the human brain. For example, it’s been long understood that HIV/AIDs can cause “progressive cerebral volume loss,” and measle infections can lead to encephalitis or inflammation of the brain. Given this context, the recent reports of how COVID-19 effects the brain are unsurprising, though nonetheless, concerning.

“A lot of people have long-term cognitive problems, even if their virus is well under control,” says Avindra Nath, Clinical Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

“What effects the brain can be extremely devastating because it can affect your personality, your ability to think and concentrate, your mood, and those things that make us a person as a whole.”

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