A trove of research studies is flowing into the hands of mass media publishers for public release, aimed at outlining a better grasp of the recent pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2, which has resulted in an internationally-based mass casualty incident.
Released in the journal Cells, a newly published work by the Cleveland Clinic has found that infection with COVID-19 may lead to neurological disorders, caused by an invasion of the central nervous system.
From the study: “This review highlights the possible routes by which SARS-CoV-2 may invade the central nervous system (CNS) and provides insight into recent case reports of COVID-19-associated neurological disorders, namely ischaemic stroke, encephalitis, encephalopathy, epilepsy, neurodegenerative diseases, and inflammatory-mediated neurological disorders.
“We hypothesize that SARS-CoV-2 neuroinvasion, neuroinflammation, and blood-brain barrier (BBB) dysfunction may be implicated in the development of the observed disorders; however, further research is critical to understand the detailed mechanisms and pathway of infectivity behind CNS pathogenesis,” the co-authors wrote in their findings.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a global count of confirmed cases well into the millions, with only two major breakthrough vaccines, from American, German, and Russian scientists, having received the nod from top health experts for immediate wide-spread distribution.