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A 43-year-old female asked:

I had covid today is day 14 i know google is awful it has me in so much panic so i came here.. will covid cause brain damage or brain issues im 43,i did lose smell n taste thank you for any advice or calming words? thank you?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Over the past ~ 2years we have seen reports that suggest the germ can go everywhere in the body and potentially cause injury. That said, brain injury/damage is not one of the common sites affected. All people are genetically different in many ways & some will have issues that others will not. I would live life & expect all your faculties to return to baseline level. Worry won't change outcome.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
There are very rare cases of COVID-19 causing major strokes in large arteries, in middle aged people, and 1out of 3 infections result in long-COVID-19 cognitive or emotional consequences during 6 month recovery period. Loss of smell and taste is quite common and seems to return fully in most patients. Work closely with your regular doctor, and follow advice.
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Last updated Oct 11, 2021

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