AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce New Evidence: #Symp­toms like con­fu­sion, trou­ble speak­ing or numb­ness on one side of the body should also be red flags. Those symp-toms can sig­nal an im­pend­ing stroke, which, if not treated within a cer­tain time win­dow, can lead to per­ma­nent brain dam­age, they said. Covid-19 pa­tients are at higher risk of stroke due to the virus’s im­pact on blood clot­ting.“Coronavirus Ravages the Lungs. It Also Affects the Brain.We are cer­tainly on a learn­ing curve in terms of un­der­stand­ing what the neu­ro­log­i­cal man­i­fes-ta­tions would be” of SARS-CoV-2 in­fec­tion, said Flo­rian Thomas, chair of neu­rol­ogy at Hack­en­sack Uni­ver­sity Med­ical Cen­ter in New Jer­sey. “Direct from the WSJ 4/14/20

Coronavirus Ravages the Lungs. It Also Affects the Brain. Link to article WSJ.

Through a grow­ing num­ber of pa­pers, doc­tors around the globe are chron­i­cling Covid-19’s lesser-known neu­ro­log­i­cal man­i­fes­ta­tions in­clud­ing brain in­flam­ma­tion, hal­lu­ci­na­tions, seizures, cog­ni­tive deficits and loss of smell and taste. It is un­known whether these are caused di­rectly by the virus in­fil­trat­ing the ner­vous sys­tem, or by the body’s im­mune re­sponse to in­fec­tion.

My 2 cents. If it’s the body’s immune response to the virus , could these severe reactions , including difficulty breathing, be mitigated by using TPA earlier in the course of the disease?

Last Fri­day, Chi­nese doc­tors pub­lished a study of 214 hos­pi­tal­ized pa­tients in Wuhan show­ing that more than a third had neu­ro­logic symp­toms. The most com­mon in­cluded dizzi-ness, headaches, im­paired con­scious­ness, skele­tal-mus­cle in­jury and loss of smell and taste. The pa­per—pub­lished in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical As­so­ci­a­tion and the largest to date on the dis­ease’s im­pact on nor­mal ner­vous-sys­tem func­tion—also doc­u-mented rare, but more se­ri­ous, ef­fects in­clud­ing seizures and stroke, which oc­curs when a blood clot hits the brain.

The novel coro­n­avirus, called SARS-CoV-2, isn’t the only virus known to af­fect the ner­vous sys­tem. Re­search in hu­mans and an­i­mals has shown that non-coro­n­aviruses such as HIV, measles and cer­tain in­fluenza strains can in­fect the brain or af­fect its func­tion through in­flam­ma­tory re­sponses else­where in the body. Lab­o­ra-tory stud­ies have shown that other coro­n­aviruses can in­fect nerve cells.

Symp­toms like con­fu­sion, trou­ble speak­ing or numb­ness on one side of the body should also be red flags. Those symp-toms can sig­nal an im­pend­ing stroke, which, if not treated within a cer­tain time win­dow, can lead to per­ma­nent brain dam­age, they said. Covid-19 pa­tients are at higher risk of stroke due to the virus’s im­pact on blood clot­ting.


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