COVID-19 and the brain: What do we know so far?

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Sumary of COVID-19 and the brain: What do we know so far?:

  • Here, the virus altered the brain’s vasculature, or blood vessels.
  • In post mortem brain tissue, angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors are expressed in the vasculature of the brain’s frontal cortex.
  • Simultaneously, healthy, uninfected neurons in the vicinity died as their oxygen supply was cut off.
  • Our study sounds an alarm: As we enter the second and third waves of COVID-19, ICU teams need, above all, to return to lighter steps of sedation for these patients, frequent awakening and breathing trials, mobilization, and safe in-person or virtual visitation.

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