With the course of time, new forms and facets of the global pandemic COVID-19 are being unfolded. The new virus is so unique and new in nature that scientists all over the world have barely had a perfect trace of its locus and functions.
Recently several scientists, based in the UK, have warned that coronavirus may lead to brain damage leading to severe neurological complications, with inflammation, psychosis, and delirium. A research done by the University College in London has shown that 43 cases are proof of the previous line. “Whether we will see an epidemic on a large scale of brain damage linked to the pandemic perhaps similar to the encephalitis lethargica outbreak in the 1920s and 1930s after the 1918 influenza pandemic remains to be seen,” said Michael Zandi, from UCL’s Institute of Neurology, one of the scientists of UCL. Though it is largely a respiratory illness, but neurologists and brain doctors are concerned regarding its effect on the brain.
Adrian Own, a neuroscientist based in Canada, said the new pieces of evidence are a hint to collect the data worldwide and do proper research and assessment. “This disease is affecting an enormous number of people,” Owen added. “That’s why it’s so important to collect this information now.”