According to new research, the COVID-19 virus is likely to cause an inflammatory response in the brain, leading to ‘stroke-like’ damage to certain areas, as a result of your body battling the virus.
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health used an MRI scanner and found damage to the olfactory bulb in the brain and also damage in the brain-stem.
The study was conducted on brain tissue from 19 patients who had died from coronavirus, aged five to 73, who had suffered from the virus for varying amounts of time.
And because no coronavirus was found in the tissue, the conclusion from the scientists was made that the damage resulted from “the body’s inflammatory response to the virus.”
The researchers found damage caused by thinning and leaky brain blood vessels in samples from patients who had battled coronavirus.
But the study revealed that the damage didn’t look like it was associated with symptoms of “a lack of oxygen.”