June 16, 2020
Coronavirus is capable of infecting cells in the human brain and multiplying, a new study suggests.
Researchers found once the virus entered neurons in the brains, it was able to increase its number of copies by ten-fold.
What’s more, it achieved this feat in just three days, reported The Financial Times.
The team, from Johns Hopkins University, says the findings could lead to treatments that prevents the virus from multiplying or that crosses the blood-brain barrier, which protects the organ from infections.
‘It is really critical to know that our most precious organ can be directly affected by the virus, ‘ Dr Thomas Hartung, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told The Financial Times.
The effect of the coronavirus on the human brain – if any at all or how much – has been one of the most challenging questions for scientists to answer.
An April 2020 study from Wuhan, China – where the virus originated – found that about one-third of 214 patients had neurological problems.
This included strokes, aneurysms, dizziness and unconsciousness, and mostly in those who were severely ill.
Another report, from Spain, found that half of patients admitted to two hospitals in the country developed neurologic symptoms.
This article was posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 3:01 am