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19 Jan 2022

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Research Says Moderate COVID Cases can Result in Issues with Memory and Attention

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A research study by Oxford University in the U.K. has found that people who experienced moderate cases of COVID-19 with none of the usual long-term symptoms, can still exhibit problems with their attention and memory.

The study required participants, who had previously experienced mild symptoms for COVID-19, were asked to take part in activities that tested their memory and attention span. The results showed that subjects experienced difficulty in recalling personal experiences (episodic memory) for up to six months post-COVID.

Dr Sijia Zhao of Oxford University’s Department of Experimental Psychology said, "What is surprising is that although our COVID-19 survivors did not feel any more symptomatic at the time of testing, they showed degraded attention and memory." He contended that “people can experience some chronic cognitive consequences for months."

Researchers, however, assured that people’s attention and memory would regain normalcy within nine and six months of contracting the infection respectively.

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