Without directly invading the brain or nerves, the virus responsible for the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic causes potentially damaging neurological problems in about one in seven infected, a new study shows. These injuries range from temporary confusion due to low body oxygen levels, to stroke and seizures in the most serious cases, say the study authors. 

Led by researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, the study showed no cases of brain or nerve inflammation including conditions such as meningitis or encephalitis, indicating no immediate invasion of these organs by the pandemic virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). 

While this should reassure patients, the neurological complications of COVID-19 should be taken seriously because they raise a patient’s risk of dying while still

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