Patients with COVID-19 Also May Have Neurological Symptoms

A new study from Italy finds that patients hospitalized with COVID-19, besides physical symptoms, also have neurological symptoms, such as altered mental status and stroke.Patients with COVID-19 Also May Have Neurological Symptoms

For the study, a team of researchers analyzed records of patients treated at the University of Brescia, the University of Eastern Piedmont, and the University of Sassari (all in Italy). They found that 15% of patients experienced neurological symptoms.

According to the researchers, the most common neurological symptoms were “altered mental state,” which 59% of the patients experienced, and ischemic strokes, which 31% of the patients experienced.

 Lead study author Dr. Mahammedi, an assistant professor of radiology at the University of Cincinnati says: “This topic definitely needs more research. Currently, we have a poor understanding of the neurological symptoms in COVID-19 patients, whether these are arising from critical illness or from direct central nervous system invasion of SARS-CoV-2. We hope further study on this subject will help in uncovering clues and providing better interventions for patients.”

Men Are More Likely to Die from COVID-19 due to Particular Enzyme in Lungs

According to recent research, published in the European Heart Journal, men are at higher risk to die from COVID-19 due to a higher level of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) in their lungs helping the virus take hold there.Men Are More Likely to Die from COVID-19 due to Particular Enzyme in Lungs

The study included 3,500 older adults who had heart failure, but none of them were infected with the coronavirus. Nevertheless, the researchers believe that other studies in how this enzyme interacts with the virus can explain the disparity in death rates between men and women.

One of the study authors believes that ACE2 binds with coronaviruses, including COVID-19, and allows them to infect healthy cells more easily.

Study author Adriaan Voors, a professor of cardiology at the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands, says: “High levels of ACE2 are present in the lungs and, therefore, it is thought to play a crucial role in the progression of lung disorders related to COVID-19.”

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