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How Common Are Long COVID and Brain Fog?

How Common Are Long COVID and Brain Fog?

Many researchers are determined to pinpoint how common it is to experience lingering symptoms after a COVID-19 infection. Some have found that up to 76 percent of patients have at least one lingering COVID-19 symptom six months after their initial illness, according to a study published in The Lancet medical journal in January 2021.

When it comes to neurologic symptoms that linger, one recent study found that in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and then evaluated an average of 110 days after their hospital admission, 34 percent were struggling with memory problems, and 28 percent reported difficulties with concentration. Another recent study published in March 2021 echoed these findings, stating that up to 30 percent of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 disease suffered cognitive impairment still present months after their discharge.

Even though these studies have focused on patients hospitalized for COVID-19, researchers believe that even mild cases of COVID-19 can result in lingering symptoms, including brain fog.

What to Do If You Suspect Brain Fog

Brain fog can be a maddening and discouraging experience. At Hudson Medical + Wellness, we are committed to using the most innovative and promising new technologies to help our patients get back to a place of wellness.

When it comes to brain fog, the main modes of assessment are medical history, physical exam, and MRI.

What to Do About COVID-19 and Brain Fog

If you’re worried that you have brain, memory, or neurological issues after a COVID-19 infection, our BrainCheck platform can help you achieve an accurate assessment and diagnosis, while saving you time and energy.

Our skilled neurology team is led by Dr. Thomas Pitts, a Board-Certified Neurologist and our go-to provider for post-COVID-19 neurological issues. Guided by Dr. Pitts, we are working to help our patients solve the puzzle of long COVID-19 and brain fog.

To learn more about BrainCheck assessments, schedule a consultation with one of our medical providers today.

If you are having neurologic symptoms and you think you may have an acute COVID-19 infection, we offer COVID-19 testing at our Tribeca location.

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