Brazilian doctors warn coronavirus provokes the death of neurons in the even in patients who did not require hospitalization due to the severity of the infection. According to experts the infection can cause schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, reports TASS . The analysis showed that the virus infects astrocytes – cells that regulate the activity of neurons, participate in their nutrition and in many other processes.
This leads to significant changes in the cerebral cortex, up to atrophy of certain areas. Mood changes can result. According to doctors, neurological symptoms were observed in many people who had long been cured of the coronavirus. Headache, seizures, increased drowsiness, decreased memory quality, loss of taste and smell persisted for about two months after recovery.
Doctors admit that they cannot yet say how dangerous the identified brain damage is, how long it persists and whether it is reversible. They plan to follow the group of patients for at least three years to find out if the coronavirus increases the risk of developing degenerative diseases, in particular in those with a genetic predisposition.