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The University of Cambridge recently published a survey detailing the challenges individuals diagnosed with Long COVID-19 are experiencing. The authors revealed that one of the serious difficulties was difficulty concentrating and memory-related issues. These difficulties presented themselves months following their COVID-19 prognosis. The authors also discovered that an average of seven out of ten patients diagnosed with COVID -19 are experiencing these side effects.

At least three in four individuals affected with Long COVID-19 have reported difficulties taking exams that measure their cognitive skills, thus admitting that the illness forced them to halt working.

The clinical symptoms associated with COVID-19 included fatigue and headaches, among others. However, most affected individuals revealed that they struggled to find an adequate doctor as most of them figured that they were mimicking symptoms.

 What the study authors revealed about Long COVID-19

 During the publication, one of the leading authors, Dr Lucy Cheke, stated that the attention attributed to the illness was barely minimal if none at all. She further stated that the impact of long COVID-19 on the normal population could be serious, thus requiring a candid conversation to help those affected.

The study published concrete evidence that COVID affected the brain severely, thus using previous studies on Alzheimer’s disease to identify a connection between the two impacts. Dr Muzzaffer Kaser, one of the study’s consultants, stated that the impact of the COVID-19 virus could be explained through the inflammation symptom. The inflammation triggers an early and vigorous immune response, thus alerting the behavioural and cognitive enhancements.

How the study authors conducted their research

The study authors focused on 181 individuals who had been previously diagnosed with COVID-19.

Most of the participants revealed that they were experiencing brain fog, while others admitted that their forgetfulness level had increased since their last checkup. The participants underwent a series of evaluations to test their memory capacity and concentration level, and the results only revealed the extent of the majority of the participant’s brains.

The study added long COVID to the list of mental illnesses as they predicted its contribution to disrupting an individual’s life and eventually the economy. Cambridge University published several testimonials on the impacts of COVID-19 on an individual’s brain and requested that other organisations research the same.