People who've had COVID-19 are facing memory problems months after contracting the disease, new study says: 'They can't think'

New research has shown that COVID-19-infected people may have cognitive impairments for months following an infection.
These impairments may include memory problems and slower processing speeds.

According to the CDC, brain fog is a long-term effect of COVID-19. This refers to difficulty thinking and concentrating.

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New research and data show that coronavirus patients are having memory problems after regaining their health.

The study was published in the medical journal JAMA Network Open on Friday. It found that nearly 25% of people who have been infected by the coronavirus have difficulty retaining information and focus for months. The Mount Sinai Health System in New York examined 740 patients and found that people who have had COVID-19 before often struggle with multitasking.

"This study found that patients with COVID-19 had a high rate of cognitive impairment months later. According to the study, impairments in executive functioning, processing speed and category fluency as well as memory encoding and recall were common among hospitalized patients." Jacqueline Becker, Jacqueline Becker, and other researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine in Mount Sinai, New York, said.

According to the study, patients were tested between April 2020 - May 2021. All of the patients were at least 18 years old, and none had ever suffered from dementia. Researchers discovered that patients with the disease had cognitive impairment signs around seven to eight months after they were diagnosed.

According to the study, this includes memory recall problems and the ability of new memories to be stored, as well as issues with planning and making judgement calls.

Dr. Helen Lavretsky, a professor of psychiatry, told NBC News that some of these patients "cannot operate." "They don't think, their memory is impaired. They get lost when driving and they don't know how to get there.

Research showed that COVID-19-infected patients were most likely to develop cognitive impairment. Some patients also showed a decline in brain function after being treated in the hospital's emergency department.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the long-term effects of COVID-19 can be "brain fog," which is a difficulty thinking and concentrating.

The CDC website states that although most people with COVID-19 recover within weeks, there are some individuals who experience post-COVID symptoms. "Post-COVID is a range of new, returning or ongoing health problems that people can experience for up to four weeks after being infected by the virus that causes COVID-19.