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‘Mental fog’, the ailment suffered by one in 20 people who overcome COVID-19

Not all patients who overcome the coronavirus continue their life without any trace of the disease. According to El Mundo, one in twenty people suffers from ‘brain fog’. This concept has been defined by the biologist Bárbara Gallavotti as “a sequel that affects our mental capacities in the medium and long term.”

This sequel, which usually affects people between 18 and 49 years old, mainly, includes a large number of possible symptoms, among which are the memory loss, distress, confusion, or difficulty staying focused. These disabilities therefore generate problems to carry out work activities and, in general, to carry out a natural daily life.

I wake up, I am going about my normal day to day and suddenly I have forgotten to pick up my children from school”, Laments Elisabeth Semper in a conversation with TVE. “At first I thought it was due to confinement, but when it continued to happen to me after being locked up, I rejected that hypothesis”, Add.

A usual sequel

A survey conducted in Canada of 3,930 people who have already overcome the disease shows that ‘brain fog’ was the fourth most common symptom reported by survey participants. In fact, more than half say they have had memory loss and trouble staying focused.

A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 1 in 5 adults between the ages of 18 and 34 had not been able to maintain optimal mental health after infection. Along the same lines, a French investigation is being conducted in which the cases of 120 admitted patients were analyzed. From them, 34% had memory problems and 27% were unable to concentrate several months after admission.

“You wake up in the morning and it looks like you’ve drunk a whole bottle of wine. You can’t wake up quickly, it’s hard for you to concentrate and sometimes you can’t find the words you want to use “, explains Silvia Soler, a citizen who still suffers from bodily pain and neurological sequelae eight months after her infection.

For all this, heScientists try to find out what are the reasons for this problem. Aluko Hope, an ICU specialist at Montefiore Hospital in New York, affirms that people who suffer from these disorders “are not only older people, but also in healthy people who have passed the virus without problem.”

The president of the Spanish Society of Neurology, José Miguel Láinez, relates the ‘mental fog’ mainly with people who “have been admitted to the ICU and who, because of being intubated, their brains have suffered hypoxia”, although he recognizes that it also manifests itself in patients with mild COVID-19 pictures.

“The origin of this problem can be multiple and its link to psychological problems must be ruled out. The mental fog could be produced because of an inflammatory vascular lesion of the arteries or due to immunological problems against the brain neurons “, it is finished.