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By Brianna Hoge
Even after their bodies have cleared the virus that causes COVID-19, many patients experience long-term effects. One of the most troubling is a change in cognitive function – commonly called “brain fog” – that is marked by memory problems and a struggle to think clearly. A new clinical trial at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is testing a proven rehabilitation method to remedy that.
A report on 120 patients in France, published in October, found that more than one-third had memory loss and 27% had cognitive difficulties months after recovering from COVID-19. In another study, a hospital network in Chicago reported that, among 509 patients, nearly a third experienced altered mental function; of these, 68% were unable to handle routine daily activities such as cooking or paying bills. This “brain fog” can be debilitating. “It feels as though I am under anesthesia,” one patient said.
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