COVID- 19: Mild cases still lead to attention and memory issues
People with mild Covid-19 who do not suffer any other traditional “long Covid” symptoms can still exhibit deteriorated attention and memory six to nine months after infection, a study by Britain’s Oxford University has found.
Cognitive issues impacting concentration levels, along with forgetfulness and fatigue, are features of long Covid – a condition that afflicts some after an initial bout of infection – but it has not been established how widespread issues with attention span might be following Covid-19 infection.
The researchers found that participants of the study were significantly worse at recalling personal experiences, known as episodic memory, up to six months after infection.
They also had a bigger decline in their ability to sustain attention over time than uninfected individuals up to nine months after infection.