Julie Helms first came into contact with the new crown in early March 2020, when she admitted a number of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the University Hospital of Strasbourg in north-eastern France. Within a few days every patient in the ICU had a new crown – and to her horror, they had not only had trouble breathing, but other symptoms.
Helms and her colleagues published a small study in the New England Journal of Medicine that documented neurological symptoms ranging from cognitive difficulties to confusion in patients with the new coronavirus. All of these are signs of “brain disease” (the general term for brain damage). Currently, more than 300 studies from around the world have found that patients with the new crown suffer from neurological abnormalities, including mild symptoms such as headache, loss of smell and tingling (spasms), as well as more serious consequences such as aphasia (inability to speak), stroke and epilepsy. Recent studies have also found that the virus can also severely damage the kidneys, liver, heart and almost all organ systems of the body. The virus is still largely considered a respiratory disease.