According to a new study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, COVID-19 may be linked to an increase in brain infections in children.
Based on a survey of 109 hospitals, the research uncovered that 43 percent of respondents reported a rise in brain infections throughout the first two years of the pandemic.
Experts suggest that bacteria living in the nose, mouth, and throat may be a possible cause as to the brain infections caused by COVID-19. Although only mild in severity and resolved with the use of antibiotics.
“So viral infection often comes first, and then the bacterial infection can result from that initial viral infection,” an author of the study stated in a news release. “Most of these more invasive brain infections that we see actually originate from the sinuses.”
“It’s really important to think about all of the different effects of COVID-19 of course, and we want to prevent significant COVID-19 infections in any child or adult, so if you’re vaccine eligible, certainly vaccination is incredibly important,” said the author of the study.
The research was published on August 5th, 2022.