From fever to dry cough, the new coronavirus is thought to be always associated with a series of unpleasant symptoms. Now, scientists warn that some of the unknown symptoms from the new coronavirus are also emerging, suggesting that the virus may be affecting your brain. These symptoms include headache, insanity, and even delirium (also known as acute brain syndrome, the underlying symptoms are confusion, cognitive impairment, sleep-wake cycle disorders, and psychomotor disorders).
“Many COVID-19 patients have neurological symptoms such as headaches, insanity, epilepsy, and even stroke,” Dr. Halim Fadil, a neurologist at Arlington Memorial Hospital in Texas, explained to Healthline. “
Delirium usually occurs in patients who need a ventilator support and is caused by the build-up of carbon dioxide in the body.
Neuroscientist Dr Kevin Connor said: “Patients with delirium may experience hallucinations, hallucinations, space-time orientation disorders, anxiety, aggression, fluctuations in consciousness levels, and sleep-wake cycle disorders. “
According to Dr Connor, most patients in the intensive care unit (80%) experience some degree of delirium.
Experts say delirium can lead to long-term brain damage, and patients who have experienced delirium are less likely to survive.
It is well known that delirium of coronaviruses is a side effect, but some experts believe that its treatment and management are not good enough.
Dr. Sharon Ishikawa, a professor at Harvard Medical School, said: “We are seeing a global epidemic of delirium in patients with the new coronavirus in 2019 and are very poorly managed. “
“A lot of things may not be avoidable, and when you try to keep a person alive, you may not be doing the best precautions against delirium, so I think some of them can be avoided. “
Studies have shown that walking helps reduce delirium – although it is not easy to do so when a patient is using a ventilator.
Dr Connor added: “Research has shown that walking can increase oxygen saturation and allow patients to stop relying on ventilators more quickly, thus freeing up ventilators for other patients.” It’s just that patients need three staff to walk, but it can be done. “