NPR: Doctors worry that memory problems after COVID-19 may set the stage for Alzheimer’s

Posted on: Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Cassandra Hernandez, 38, contracted COVID-19 and began to experience memory and thinking problems.

“I’m a nurse,” said Hernandez. “I work with surgeons and my memory was sharp.”

A year after contracting COVID-19, Hernandez is still having problems with her memory.

“We were at dinner and I forgot how to use a fork,” she said.

Brain scans of a person with COVID-19 are showing similar changes to those of a person with Alzheimer’s disease. And researchers are finding that some of the genes that increase a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s are the same to those getting severe COVID-19.

Researchers at the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases are leading these findings to learn more.

To learn more, read the article by NPR at

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