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Covid Can Shrink the Brain as Much as a Decade of Aging, Study Finds

  • The abnormalities resemble up to a decade of brain aging
  • More research is needed to gauge duration of virus’s impact
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How Does Covid-19 Impact the Brain?

Even a mild case of Covid-19 can damage the brain and addle thinking, scientists found in a study that highlights the illness’s alarming impact on mental function.

Researchers identified Covid-associated brain damage months after infection, including in the region linked to smell, and shrinkage in size equivalent to as much as a decade of normal aging. The changes were linked to cognitive decline in the study, which was published Monday in the journal Nature.