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Covid-19 can cause brain damage

A 74-year-old man in Florida and a 58-year-old woman in Detroit are among those who have suffered damage to the central nervous system after falling ill with Covid-19.

Published: April 4, 2020, 12:16 pm

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    The man has lost speech ability, at least temporarily, and the woman’s brain exhibited cell death and bleeding during a brain scanner examination.

    Studies in Italy and China have also shown damage to the central nervous system in some patients with SARS-CoV-2, also known as Covid-19. In Italy, a hospital set up a special ward just to care for infected patients who showed symptoms of brain damage.

    Although the number of patients affected by damage to the central nervous system is still relatively low, doctors have warned that the infection can have serious lasting effects, even if one stays healthy otherwise.

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