Highlights

  • The study was presented at the European Academy of Neurology (EAN)
  • Researchers analysed the health records of 919,731 individuals
  • 43,375 people who tested positive had 3.5 times increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease

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Covid-19 positive outpatients are at a higher risk of neurodegenerative disorders compared with those who tested negative for the virus, according to a study. 

According to a study presented at the European Academy of Neurology (EAN), Covid-19 patients are at an increased risk of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and ischaemic stroke.

For the study, researchers analysed the health records of 9,19,731 individuals from February 2020 to November 2021. They used statistical techniques to calculate relative risk and results were stratified for hospitalisation status, age, sex and comorbidities.

As per the findings, 43,375 people who tested positive had 3.5 times increased risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, 2.6 times higher risk of Parkinson’s disease and 2.7 times with ischaemic stroke.

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