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People who have had COVID-19 are at greater risk of developing Alzheimer's


People who survive the COVID-19 are at high risk for later development of neurological diseases and, in particular, Alzheimer's disease. This is indicated by different scientific studies at European and international level, according to which neurological problems and evidence of cognitive impairment have been observed in about 36% of people who have survived the virus, both those with pre-existing neurological conditions and those without them. This is the main conclusion of the studies carried out by researchers from the University of Bonn (Germany) and the universities of Massachusetts and Michigan (USA), on the one hand, the University Hospital and the University of Strasbourg (France), on the other, and the George Mason University of Virginia.

Studies show that this risk of a neurological problem can come from both a direct viral infection of the nervous system and secondary immune and inflammatory responses. The systemic inflammation that many people affected by COVID-19 have presented is directly related to the appearance of cases of cognitive deterioration, and therefore a greater risk of suffering from Alzheimer's in the future.

It should also be borne in mind that people with an average age of 60 have been the most affected by the coronavirus, according to data published daily by the Carlos III Institute of Health in Spain. Precisely, the disease has so far especially affected people at the age when cognitive impairment is usually detected, which has further highlighted the vulnerability of the group.


A project for early detection

In view of this situation, Fundació ACE - Barcelona Alzheimer Treatment & Research Center emphasizes the importance of early detection of Alzheimer's among people who have had COVID-19 through means such as free memory tests, which the entity has been carrying out for 12 years.

Due to the health crisis, these reviews have been adapted and are being carried out by video call. Any person over 50 years old can request their own memory revision through the mail
memoria@fundacioace.org or the telephone 93 430 47 20.

In 2019 alone, a total of 402 people have been treated at the Foundation's Diagnostic Unit - made up of neurologists, neuropsychologists and psychologists - as part of the scheduled free visits, a figure that doubles the number of memory checks carried out in 2018, a total of 196. People who have come to Fundació ACE for a free memory check have received a full assessment of their cognitive performance.


Study on the effects of COVID-19

The fact that people who survive the COVID-19 are at high risk of subsequently developing Alzheimer's is the main hypothesis on which a study recently launched by experts from Fundació ACE's Memory Unit is based.

The study, which will last 12 months, aims to evaluate the presence of neurological symptoms in the acute phase of COVID-19 infection in those users of the memory clinic with cognitive impairment and to determine the impact of the virus on its progression.


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