NYTimes: Covid Patients Coming Off Ventilators Can Take Weeks to Regain Consciousness
Doctors around the country are noticing that COVID-19 patients are taking a long time to regain consciousness after coming off of ventilators. However, most patients are leaving ventilators with no signs of brain damage. After looking at the phenomenon closer, one neurologist found connections to turtles who spend their winters in very icy conditions. These turtles turn their neurons into a “quiet state” during the winter, and it seems that the double action of COVID and sedatives creates a similar effect in humans. If this connection is true, then doctors may be able to be more intentional about putting people into unconscious states, rather than it happening because of the illness. As a result, the brain can be better protected after a COVID infection and doctors can take more control over their patient’s treatment. To read the full article, click here. To read more about COVID-19, click here.