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 NPR.org.