Study finds Covid linked to Alzheimers, Parkinson's risk

COPENHAGEN: A new study finds that Covid-19 positive outpatients are more likely to develop neurodegenerative disorders than those who tested negative for the virus.

The study, which was presented at the 8th European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Congress, found that those who tested positive for Covid-19 had a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and ischaemic stroke.

"We found support for an increased risk of neurodegenerative and cerebrovascular disorders in Covid-19 positive patients compared to Covid-negative patients, which must be confirmed or refuted by large registry studies in the near future," said lead author Pardis Zarifkar of Rigshospitalet in Denmark.

"Apart  from ischemic stroke, most neurological disorders do not appear to be more common after Covid-19 than after influenza." Researchers discovered that of the 919,731 people who tested positive for Covid-19 in the study, the 43,375 who tested positive had a 3.5 times increased risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

They also discovered a 2.6-fold increase in the risk of being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, a 2.7-fold increase in the risk of having an ischaemic stroke, and a 4.8-fold increase in the risk of having an intracerebral haemorrhage (bleeding in the brain).

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