Just as pre-existing conditions like dementia, neurodegenerative diseases, and severe disabilities may increase the risk of someone dying from COVID-19, the latter can also increase a person’s risk of developing the neurodegenerative disease.
According to the researchers, patients over the age of 65 who have survived COVID-19 are as much as 80 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
As per a data published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Co-author Doctor Pamela Davis wrote, “Since infection with SARS-CoV-2 has been associated with central nervous system abnormalities, including inflammation, we wanted to test whether, even in the short term, COVID could lead to increased diagnoses.”
The study involved health records of over six million people over the age of 65, who had had medical treatment between February 2020 and May 2021.
Following the year after their infection, it was found that 400,000 patients had developed Alzheimer’s disease and had twice the risk of the disease than those who had not had COVID.