Cognitive impairment due to severe COVID-19 equivalent to 20 years of age: loss of 10 IQ points

According to a team of scientists, the cognitive impairment as a result of severe COVID-19 is similar to that sustained during the 20 years of aging between 50 and 70 years and is the equivalent of losing 10 IQ points.

Cognitive impairment as a result of severe[{” attribute=””>COVID-19 is similar to that sustained between 50 and 70 years of age and is the equivalent to losing 10 IQ points, say a team of scientists from the University of Cambridge and

“Cognitive impairment is common to a wide range of neurological disorders, but the patterns we saw – the cognitive ‘fingerprint’ of COVID-19 – was distinct from all of these.” — David Menon

There is mounting evidence that COVID-19 can cause long-term cognitive and mental health issues, with recovered patients reporting symptoms including fatigue, “brain fog,” difficulty recalling words, sleep disturbances, anxiety, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (

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