Reports revealed that recovering Covid-19 patients suffer from confusing neurological problems, including stuttering.
Scientific American reports that Patrick Thornton, a 40-year-old Houston teacher, was among those who developed heavy stuttering after fighting the Coronavirus in August.
Thornton, who lost his voice while ill with the virus, said: “I realized that some words were incorrect in my mouth.”
Experts don’t know for sure how the virus causes a neurological problem, but one theory is that it triggers an inflammatory response that affects speech.
“Speech is one of the most complex movement behaviors that humans perform,” said Su Eun-chang, a neuroscientist at the University of Michigan, as he suggested that the virus could interfere with brain circuits, according to the report.
“There are literally 100 muscles involved that should orchestrate on a timescale in milliseconds, so it’s an important achievement. It depends on a well-functioning brain.”
Thomas Pollack, a neuropsychologist at King’s College London, said that another possibility is that the virus produces harmful autoantibodies that bind to proteins and harm their ability to function, or trigger an immune attack on cells.
“Covid damages the immune system. There is a significant increase in mediators of various infections,” Pollack told Scientific American.
Pollack and his team conducted a survey and preprint study, each of which found that nearly a third of Coronavirus patients had neurological symptoms.
Pollack told the outlet: “There is really a wide spectrum of neurological manifestations of” Covid “, some of them completely devastating, such as a stroke or encephalitis, and others are more subtle.
William Banks, who works with the Veterans Affairs Administration’s “Puget Sound” health care system, suggested that the chronic neurological problems caused by the epidemic may cause a mental health crisis.
“It could turn out in the end – as appalling as the death rate, with the death of one in 1,000 Americans – that there could be this legacy that affects as many as one in every 10. It may be rooted in neurological immunity.”
Source: New York Post