From a fever to a dry cough, coronavirus is thought to be related to a spread of disagreeable signs.
Now, scientists have warned of some lesser-known signs that might point out the virus is having an impact in your brain.
These signs embody confusion, headaches, and even delirium in some instances.
Speaking to Healthline, Dr Halim Fadil, a neurologist at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, defined: “Many COVID-19 patients have been reported to have neurological symptoms, such as headache, confusion, seizures, and even strokes.”
Delirium normally impacts sufferers who require ventilator assist, and is brought on by a build-up of carbon dioxide within the physique.
Neurologist Dr Kevin Conner defined: “Patients with delirium may have auditory hallucinations, visual hallucinations, disorientation of time and space, agitation, aggression, fluctuating level of consciousness, and impairment of sleep-wake cycle.”
According to Dr Conner, the bulk (80%) of sufferers on intensive care models will expertise some stage of delirium.
Worryingly, delirium can lead to long-term brain damage, whereas sufferers who expertise it are additionally much less doubtless to survive, in accordance to the specialists.
While delirium is a well known aspect impact of coronavirus, some specialists consider that its remedy is being mismanaged.
Dr Sharon Inouye, a professor of medication at Harvard Medical School, stated: “We’re seeing an epidemic of delirium in COVID-19 patients globally, and it’s getting very mismanaged.
“A lot of that may be unavoidable — when you’re trying to keep someone alive, you may not follow the best practices for delirium prevention, so we can understand that — but I do think from talking to colleagues that some of it is avoidable.”
Studies have proven that strolling can assist to scale back delirium – though this isn’t straightforward when sufferers are on ventilators.
Dr Conner defined: “Studies show that walking raises oxygen saturation and gets patients off ventilators faster, which frees up the machines for other patients.
“It takes three staff members to help with the walking, but it can be done.”