Coronavirus can deal with extensive damage to the lungs, kidneys and liver besides other organs but it seems that it is even more dangerous than previously thought. More than 50% of patients diagnosed with coronavirus have accused neurological problems, which include headaches, confusion, and delirium.
Tissues mentioned above suggest that in some cases, the virus can affect the brain, a theory which is confirmed by a new study elaborated by a team of researchers. According to scientists, the virus is able to invade brain cells and control them as it attempts to create more copies and spread across the body.
At this point, it is unclear how the virus can reach the brain, or how often can it cause brain damage among patients. Cases that involve an infection of the brain are quite rare.
However, some people are more vulnerable to the virus due to their genetic backgrounds or prior exposure to a significant viral load, besides other potential causes. If the virus can infect the brain, the consequences can be lethal, according to one of the researchers who contributed to the study.
To ensure the quality of their work, the researchers who elaborated the study took into account several methods that could be used by the virus to infect and compromise brain cells. While some symptoms suggested that the virus can affect the brain, the study provides comprehensive proof that confirms the ability.
The virus is quite sneaky as it can infect brain cells to multiply while also absorbing all the oxygen around the affected cells, forcing them to die. As such, the number of synapses, which are links between neurons, decreases at an accelerated pace, leading to several issues for patients.
While some of the symptoms could be harder to find in the case of patients who are connected to a ventilator, special tests can reveal signs of neurological damage.