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Dementia symptoms found in some COVID-19 patients after recovery

/ 04:23 PM February 03, 2022

Dementia symptoms found in some Covid-19 patients after recovery

BANGKOK — Thailand’s Department of Medicine has found symptoms of dementia in some Covid-19 patient​s after they have been cured.

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Somsak Ankasil, director-general of the Department of Medical Services, revealed that some patients were showing dementia symptoms 1-6 months after being infected with Covid-19.

This is a condition in which brain function deteriorates, mostly in the ability to focus and concentrate​, decision-making, planning and short-term memory skills.

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The patient will have a feeling of brain fog, dullness, lightheadedness and being unable to concentrate on one thing, which affects daily activities, work or social activities and can cause long-term harm.

The risk factor is higher for patients having pre-existing neurological and brain diseases such as stroke, especially the elderly with multiple co-morbidities.

After an acute infection with Covid-19, patients develop severe symptoms. This causes a lack of oxygen. As a result, patients have depression and anxiety with neurological symptoms and dementia. The symptoms can improve on their own over time, he said.

“Take good care of yourself, and maintain good health: eat healthy, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, do activities that help stimulate the brain — practice critical thinking, meditation, or a relaxing hobby. These will help the brain and nervous system to recover and return to normal faster and better,” Somsak said.

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