New studies show odd neurological symptoms among COVID-19 patients

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Symptoms of COVID-19 vary from person to person, but new studies are finding odd neurological symptoms like confusion, seizures and stroke among patients.

“I think that with most viruses you can have neurologic symptoms as part of the general infection: headaches, muscle aches — those are pretty common,” said Dr. Shyam Prabhakaran, Professor and Chair of Neurology at the University of Chicago Biological Sciences.

“The smell and taste also seem to be affected by this virus. As the disease gets worse or gets more severe you might see confusion, delirium — those type of symptoms. Even progressing to things like coma,” he added.

There is also concern that those recovering from a stroke may get worse if they have COVID-19.

“Generally speaking, any illness, any type of body condition that is going on whether it’s a fever or a flu — and this would fit into that — can make neurologic patients feel worse. It doesn’t mean that they’re necessarily going to be worse permanently, but their symptoms may worsen,” said Dr. Prabhakaran.

To learn more from UChicago Medicine click here.

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