KSAT 12: San Antonio researchers examining COVID-19’s long-term effects on the brainJanuary 27, 2021
SAN ANTONIO – UT Health San Antonio researchers are trying to determine if COVID-19 will have long-term effects on older adults’ brains.
San Antonio resident Robert Renteria is participating in the study.
“I’m willing to do whatever I can to help in this research,” Renteria said.
Last year in June, Renteria began feeling sick.
“No sleep, no appetite, some fever,” he said.
Renteria tested positive for COVID-19. Now he wants to learn how the disease could impact him in the long run.
“We wanted to find out what effects it might have on us, and especially me, with the family history,” he said.
Renteria said his father, a veteran of the San Antonio Fire Department, had Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Sudha Seshadri, director of the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, said it’s crucial to understand the long-term consequences of this infection.
“We are a center that’s caring for people with Alzheimer’s. We need to know what to expect in, say, five years from now or what to expect 10 years from now,” Seshadri said.
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