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Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player “Our study shows that central nervous system complications represent a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in this devastating pandemic,” warned the lead author.
“Much has been written about the overall pulmonary problems related to COVID-19, but we do not often talk about the other organs that can be affected,” said Professor Scott Faro. Professor Faro began his investigation after discovering that there were only a relatively small number of cases providing the basis for most of the existing literature of central nervous system complications in COVID-19 patients in hospital.
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Of the data the team had access to, the patients had an average age of 66 and there were twice as many men as there were women. Alongside his colleagues he analysed nearly 40,000 cases of hospital patients – admitted between September 2019 and June 2020 – who had tested positive for the virus in seven US and four western European university hospitals.
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