Doctors try to unravel mystery behind COVID-19 brain fog and neurological problems – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Health experts are warning people of the side effects COVID-19 can cause. According to recent data, up to 30 percent of patients suffer from long-term neurological or psychiatric symptoms.
When Claudia Perez contracted COVID at a family reunion, she experienced most of the symptoms we’ve all heard of, body aches, coughs, congestion, chills, and fever. However, when she returned to work a few weeks later, it was her mind that became the problem.
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“The third week I went back to work and found out that I couldn’t read emails, couldn’t concentrate, couldn’t understand anything I was reading,” Perez explained.
Claudia’s COVID-induced confusion is increasingly common, medical researchers and scientists say.
Although the data varies widely, the most recent statistics from the National Institutes of Health reveal that up to 30 percent of all COVID-19 patients suffer from some sort of neurological or psychiatric symptoms.
“They never really got back to normal life and we noticed that the patients couldn’t function normally as they were,” said Dr Syeda Hussain, physician at Memorial Healthcare System.
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The Memorial Healthcare System is the first to set up a long-haul COVID clinic in South Florida.
“In some cases mild symptoms like headache and in some cases shortness of breath, fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, depression,” said Dr Hussain.
“I have never had any anxiety problems. Now yes. I never had a problem with my memory. I’m only 40 and suddenly I was losing my memory, ”Perez said.
Mom of five, Perez admits that at one point she couldn’t find her car in a mall parking lot and once she finally did, she couldn’t remember the way of the House.
This is a particularly puzzling problem because medical professionals admit that they are not quite sure why this brain fog and other neurological issues occur.
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“There is no imaging blood test that can explain the symptoms,” Dr. Hussain said.