How COVID-19 Causes Brain Fog And Ways To Overcome It

Updated: Nov 11

If you’ve been sick with COVID-19 and now find yourself fatigued, unable to concentrate or completely worn down, you’re experiencing common symptoms that many people are also now living with. Over the course of the pandemic, many individuals after recovering from COVID-19 have come forward with a new symptom known as brain fog. While not a medical diagnosis, it is a term used by individuals to describe the sluggish, unfocused, and overall dazed feeling that they are experiencing.

If you’re experiencing brain fog, it can be frustrating, and you might be worried about when you’ll recover completely. Here are some tips from the Colorado Spirit team on how you can combat brain fog.

What is Brain Fog and What Causes It?

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According to Healthline, brain fog is a form of cognitive dysfunction that is a symptom of other medical conditions. Cognitive dysfunction is when an individual has trouble with attention, learning, short-term memory, visual and auditory processing, problem solving, and motor functioning. Essentially brain fog is a form of mental fatigue that can affect all aspects of our lives.

There are several causes for brain fog including depression, anxiety/stress, medications, anemia, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, lack of sleep, illnesses such as the flu, etc. With so many possible causes it can be difficult to tell if the cause of brain fog in those who have hadCOVID-19 is caused by that or something else.

Brain Fog Caused By COVID-19

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Since 2020, there have been several studies conducted that have discovered the long-term effects of COVID-19 on the brain. COVID-19 has been shown to cause brain damage from serious effects such as patients becoming at risk for strokes or dementia, to more subtle effects such as impaired sustained attention spans.

According to Harvard Health Publishing, COVID-19’s long-term physical effects such as fatigue, muscle, sleep problems, dizziness when standing, and organ damage caused by COVID-19 can cause brain fog. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, report them to your doctor.

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