Coronavirus affects the ability to drive and draw

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(ORDO NEWS) — Coronavirus can cause serious damage to the body, even if a person suffered it in a mild form.

Foreign scientists have found that about a quarter of patients who have been easily ill with COVID-19 have impaired ability to draw. But it’s not just artists that this cognitive glitch can hurt. It also affects driving and navigating skills.

What other difficulties may arise for those who have recovered from covid and what needs to be done to get in shape faster, read on.

Alarming statistics

According to a study conducted by a team of scientists from Brazil, even those who have had a mild form of the disease can face cognitive complications after covid. Specialists examined more than 300 such patients and found problems with memory and thinking in more than half of the participants.

However, the main concern was that about a quarter of patients showed poor results when passing the Ray-Osterritz test. The subjects were first asked to draw a picture, and then reproduce it in memory.

For comparison: only 6% of those who did not have covid fail this test. Moreover, older people tend to face such problems. And the study participants were on average 38 years old.

Difficulties in everyday life

Yulia Evsyutina, a specialist at the Institute of Vocational Education at Sechenov University, said that problems with visual-spatial perception after COVID-19 can affect the work of not only artists.

“Visual-spatial perception is closely related to various aspects of everyday life, such as orientation to the terrain, planning, the ability to learn, problem-solving skills, driving, drawing,” explained the postgraduate student of the Department of Nervous Diseases.

“It is assumed that the cognitive deficit that develops after suffering a coronavirus infection is associated with neuroinflammatory load and changes in metabolism in various areas of the brain,” Evsyutina said.

What other complications are

Patients who have had COVID can face a wide variety of complications. Many of them may experience brain disorders.

According to psychiatrist Vadim Khaikin, middle-aged patients often have poor memory, and older people have reduced mental performance. Young people are more likely to suffer from anxiety disorders.

In addition, panic attacks and insomnia are considered frequent consequences of covid.

“The negative impact on brain cells due to oxygen deficiency after COVID-19 can lead to a variety of consequences for the nervous system,” said Marcel Dodica, head physician of the Hospital Psychiatric Clinic.

Among the complications caused by covid, experts also name covid-associated stroke, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases of the nervous system. The average risk of stroke after COVID is approximately 2%.

From 1 to 3% falls on the risk of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases of the nervous system. At the same time, post-covid syndrome occurs in 60-70% of cases, but there is no single statistics.


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