Can the coronavirus affect the brain?

The coronavirus is generally considered a respiratory infection, however, research is increasingly linking the pathogen to temporary brain damage. Scientists from University College London noted a “higher than expected” number of patients developed neurological complications, from brain dysfunction and strokes to delirium and nerve damage. Most recovered, however, it “remains to be seen” whether the effects last for some. After the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, some survivors endured brain inflammation, as well as Parkinson’s-like symptoms, such as tremors. It is unclear if the coronavirus directly acts on the central nervous system or if the inflammation it triggers via the immune response is responsible. Experts have repeatedly stressed, however, the infection is mild for most, with only a relatively small number of patients developing complications.