Covid-19 Could Be Eating Your Neurons

How Covid-19 fulfils the Bradford Hill criteria for causation and raises your lifetime risk of dementia from 1% to 1.5%.

Shin Jie Yong, MSc (Res)
Microbial Instincts

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As a researcher who has published papers and written articles about the overlooked role of viruses in brain health, I was delighted yet concerned when The Lancet Neurology, a top-tier journal, recently published a viewpoint article, “SARS-CoV-2 infection as a cause of neurodegeneration,” by Bonherry et al. from Europe and Australia.

This article solidifies a vital message that experts in the field have tried to convey to mainstream medicine: Infectious diseases, including the relatively novel Covid-19, are not merely short-term sicknesses; they add to the overall infection burden one faces throughout life. The higher the infection burden, the greater the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.

Bonherry et al. present several crucial arguments for the causative role of Covid-19 in neurodegenerative diseases, which I find too important not to write about and share with the broader audience (you all).

Risk factors: An overview

Bonherry et al. first acknowledged that neurodegenerative diseases like dementia are influenced by both genetic and environmental risk factors, of…

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Shin Jie Yong, MSc (Res)
Microbial Instincts

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