How does COVID-19 impact the brain? Scientists are still working to understand the answer to this question, but recent findings have shed some light on the mystery. Reports have established a wide variety of brain-related COVID-19 symptoms, including seizures, psychosis, and injuries that resemble a series of tiny strokes throughout the brain. While many patients are able to recover their brain function as they regain their health following infection, there is potential for long-term risks, according to Dr. Gabriel de Erausquin from the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. de Erausquin further reports that the rate of long-term disability due to COVID-19 is not likely to be high, but with such a widespread disease, the total number of people that this could impact is still large. There is potential for this to impact the development of Alzheimer’s as well, as many of the same mechanisms seen in Alzheimer’s are playing a key role in COVID-19. As such, the Alzheimer’s Association has formed a consortium alongside researchers worldwide to study the long-term effects of COVID-19 on the brain. Interested in learning more? Follow this link!