Neurological complications in COVID-19 “Long Haulers”
Many people are being infected with COVID-19 and recovered completely, but there is also a significant subset of people who may experience lingering symptoms. These numbers can be as high as 50% of people infected with COVID-19. These symptoms appear to affect all demographic segments such as both the young and old, healthy, and those with pre-existing conditions. These can include:
Shortness of breath
Neurologists have been particularly concerned with the propagation of neurological symptoms such as:
New or continuing change in the senses of smell and taste
Confusion and lack of concentration
COVID-19 has been observed to cause a number of neurological issues. Peripheral nerve injury has been observed in patients who were placed in a prone position while on ventilators. The processes of intubation and prolonged hospitalization, though necessary at the time, may contribute to neurological damage. Other ways by which neurological damage occurs due to COVID-19 may have to do with the virus itself and the ways it attacks the body. The virus may be directly affecting the nervous system or indirectly through its effects on the immune system. Nonetheless, it seems that there is an association between COVID-19 and neurological symptoms. Acute to subacute complication of COVID-19 is acute demyelinating polyneuropathy.
The long-term effects of the virus will continue to be felt by many of those infected for the time to come. While much uncertainty remains, existing treatments for the listed symptoms do exist and may be helpful for those suffering from them.
At WeCare Neurology, we treat patients for conditions such as peripheral neuropathy, brain fog, memory issues, pain, and headaches. To schedule a consultation for yourself or a loved one who may be experiencing these symptoms, call 855-220-1777 or 909-255-6518.