A new study suggests that COVID-19 might shrink parts of the brain. AdvertisementIt’s not clear how the virus causes a shrinkage of parts of the brain, Gottlieb said — if the virus itself caused the decline in brain tissue, or if it was symptoms of COVID-19 that caused the troubling reduction. The authors also identified consistent abnormalities among COVID-19 survivors in a part of the brain that deals with memory. The authors studied 394 people who happened to have brain scans in medical records before being infected with the coronavirus, and also had their brains scanned after infection. AdvertisementThe records were compared to the brain scans of 388 people who did not contract the coronavirus but had similar age, sex and ethnicity, and who also had a similar time interval between the two brain scans.
Source: Los Angeles Times June 21, 2021 14:51 UTC