We are learning new things, virtually every day, about how Covid-19 is impacting different areas of our health. Focusing on what we know so far, about how the coronavirus may be impacting our brain health, we welcome back neuroscientist and frequent CYInterview guest Dr. Kristen Willeumier.
In but a few months, Dr. Willeumier’s excellent book, Biohack Your Brain: How to Boost Cognitive Health, Performance & Power, will be released. This must have resource is slated to be out on December 28th.
On what we know so far, regarding how the coronavirus impacts the brain, Dr. Willeumier shared this:
“While there’s a connection between neurological disorders, such as stroke and other encephalopathies that are associated with Covid-19, the risk is very low only impacting two percent of the people hospitalized with the virus. So we know the virus attacks our nervous system resulting in a wide variety of complications which can occur including loss of smell, loss of taste, increased stroke risk and encephalopathies that can cause secondary issues such as confusion and seizures, but it’s typically occurring in older patients with preexisting conditions such as diabetes, heart diseases and stroke.”
If someone were to end up getting Covid-19 and recovered, the neuroscientist suggests this:
“So, people who have recovered from symptoms of Covid should have a cognitive evaluation to just make sure their cognitive abilities are fine. So, if you had any neurological issues, that’s what I would do.”
Featured columnist Jay Bildstein joins us for this segment, where he delves into greater detail about the coronavirus pandemic with Kristen, as well as overall brain health in general.
You can listen to the entire CYInterview below:
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Listen to the entire Dr. Kristen Willeumier CYInterview: