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Brain Deficits, Nerve Pain Can Torment Covid Patients for Months

  • Scientists starting studies on mysterious longterm ailments
  • Initially mild symptoms worsen later in thousands of Americans
Eli Musser
Eli MusserPhotographer: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg

A growing contingent of Covid-19 patients whose symptoms were initially mild are now facing mysterious long-term neurological problems, including memory and sleep disturbances, dizziness, nerve pain and what survivors refer to as “brain fog.”

The phenomenon, involving thousands of patients with symptoms lasting months at a time, complicates the Trump administration’s argument that most illness is mild so the U.S. can quickly reopen the economy. These frightening long-term cases aren’t captured in official statistics that show that the vast majority of younger adults survive the virus.