Serious COVID-19 might cause brain damage, study finds

Marco Green
July 13, 2020

Dr Jane Appleby, Chief Medical Officer at Methodist Hospital, in San Antonio, Texas, said a nurse at her hospital treated a man who went to one of these "COVID-19 parties". "He didn't really believe".

A man in the United States city of San Antonio, Texas, has died from coronavirus after he tried to prove that the disease was a hoax, a local news website reported.

Jane Appleby, explained in a video message that people organise these events to check whether or not the pandemic is real.

"This is a party held by somebody diagnosed by the COVID virus and the thought is to see if the virus is real and to see if anyone gets infected", she told WOAI, and told KSAT that "Someone will be diagnosed with the disease and they'll have a party to invite their friends over to see if they can beat the disease". He thought he was young and he was invincible and wouldn't get affected by the disease'.

Bexar County, where San Antonio is located, has seen a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations since mid-June.

"This is just one example of a potentially avoidable death in a young member of our community", she said.

Appleby called it a 'concerning increase'.

"Whether we will see an epidemic on a large scale of brain damage linked to the pandemic - perhaps similar to the encephalitis lethargica outbreak in the 1920s and 1930s after the 1918 influenza pandemic - remains to be seen", said Michael Zandi, from UCL's Institute of Neurology, who co-led the study, Reuters reported. She wants everyone, especially those in the younger demographic, to realize they are not invincible. A new study shows that some coronavirus patients suffered either temporary brain dysfunction, strokes, nerve damage or other serious brain effects.

All but one of the patients included in the study survived, overcoming the disease and the neurological symptoms following treatment in a hospital intensive care unit, they said. "Wear your mask", she said.

According to the researchers from the University of Liverpool in the UK, Covid-19 has been associated mostly with problems like difficulty breathing, fever and cough. The Department of Health said Friday that 923 new cases were reported, according to ABC News.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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