Sky News: Severe cases of COVID causing cognitive impairment equivalent to ageing 20 years, new study finds


A new study has shown some severe COVID-19 cases to cause substantial damage to cognitive processes. Researchers from the University of Cambridge found 400,000 people who may have a level of cognitive impairment equivalent to a 10-point IQ drop or the mental decline that occurs between ages 50 and 70. This can be added to the already extensive list of possible symptoms of long Covid as the cognitive effects are detectable six months after infection with little recovery. The patients were quoted to have “fatigue, ‘brain fog’, problems recalling words, sleep disturbances, anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)”. Similar to other symptoms of long Covid, people who experienced the most severe cases such as hospitalizations have the strongest and longest symptoms.  The full article by Alexander Martin can be read here on Sky News. For more on COVID-19 click here

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