Mayo Clinic expert discusses potential neurological effects of COVID-19


SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can take a severe toll on the respiratory system. However, recent research suggests that the virus may also infect the nervous system. A study of patients with COVID-19 out of Wuhan, China found that possible neurological signs and symptoms caused by COVID-19 can include loss of taste and smell, headache, impaired consciousness, and stroke.

Dr. Allen Aksamit Jr., a Mayo Clinic neurologist, says what’s unclear is whether that is direct effects of the virus actually getting into the nervous system and damaging the brain or an indirect effect as a consequence of the respiratory and other compromise of the rest of the body.

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