Researchers looking into COVID-19’s long-term impacts have issued a warning that the virus may be associated with a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that COVID-19 can have long-lasting effects on cognition and mental health.
According to a Danish study, the virus that has killed many people throughout the world can raise the chance of having life-altering neurological problems.
The study’s researchers analysed the data gathered from 919,731 individuals who underwent viral testing. Of those, 43,375 positive patients had a 3.5-fold increased risk of Alzheimer’s and a 2.6-fold increased risk of Parkinson’s later in life.
Even worse, the group had a 4.8-fold higher risk of experiencing a brain bleed.
According to Dr. Pardis Zarifkar, lead author from the Department of Neurology at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark, “we found evidence supporting an increased risk of being diagnosed with neurodegenerative and cerebrovascular disorders in COVID-19 positive patients compared to COVID-negative patients, which must be confirmed or disproved by large registry studies in the near future.”
The study was presented at the 8th European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Congress, according to Eureka Alert.