Altered Mental Status
Now that Trump is recovering from his coronavirus infection, we need to be aware of possible neurological issues. I mean more than typical with him. Research shows that many Covid survivors struggle with mental acuity. In fact, studies show that one-third of Covid survivors suffer from altered mental function. Problems range from significant confusion to outright delirium to unresponsiveness.
The medical term for patients with altered mental function is encephalopathy. Encephalopathy is a generic term. All it means is that something’s wrong with the brain. The something can include problems with attention, concentration, loss of memory, disorientation, or a coma-like level of consciousness.
“Encephalopathy was associated with the worst clinical outcomes in terms of ability to take care of their own affairs after leaving the hospital, and we also see it’s associated with higher mortality, independent of severity of their respiratory disease,” one doctor said.
“This is an important study, since the neurological complications of the infection seem to be frequent and in many cases long lasting, but yet have not received much attention,” said Dr. Avindra Nath, chief of the section on infections of the nervous system at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, who was not involved in the study.