Just as pre-existing conditions like dementia, neurodegenerative diseases, and severe disability can increase someone’s risk of dying from COVID-19, the latter can also increase the risk of developing the disease. development of a person’s neurodegenerative disease.
According to the researchers, patients over the age of 65 who survived COVID-19 had an 80% higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
According to a data published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Co-author Dr. Pamela Davis wrote, “Since infection with SARS-CoV-2 is associated with abnormalities of the central nervous system, including inflammation , we wanted to test whether, even in the short term, COVID could lead to an increase in diagnoses.”
The study involved the health records of more than six million people over the age of 65 who received medical treatment between February 2020 and May 2021.
One year after infection, it was found that 400,000 patients developed Alzheimer’s disease and were twice as likely to develop the disease as those without COVID.