COVID-19 Infection & the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

  • Publish date: Thursday، 15 September 2022
COVID-19 Infection & the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Covid-19 swept the world, leaving behind catastrophes that we may not be able to bear, whether at the health, economic or other levels. Since the health of people has always been at the forefront of priorities, a group of researchers worked to study and document the impact of Covid-19 on human health in the long term. Here are the details in this article.

COVID-19 Is Directly Linked to the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists are working hard to understand how SARS-CoV-2 affects the body and mind in the long run; Among the potential effects of COVID-19 that a group of Cleveland researchers discovered after analyzing more than six million people is that elderly over the age of 65 have a 50% to 80% risk of developing Alzheimer's disease within a year of contracting COVID-19.

The researchers explained that the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease among the elderly has nearly doubled (0.35% to 0.68%) during the one year after infection with COVID-19, noting that the factors that play a role in the development of Alzheimer's disease are not well understood, but previous infection, especially viral infections play an important role in increasing the risk of developing Alzheimer's, and they also report that women over the age of 85 are more at risk of suffering from severe cognitive decline.

Final Thoughts

Alzheimer's disease is serious and challenging, although we aimed to reduce general risk factors such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle. Many people worldwide have contracted COVID-19 and the long-term consequences of it are still unfolding; thus, it is important to continue monitoring this disease’s impact on disability in the future.

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