An Oxford University study of 785 UK Biobank subjects found those who had been infected with Covid-19 had a 1.3-1.8 per cent loss of grey matter  compared to an estimated 0.2 to 0.3 per cent loss of brain volume a year in normal middle-aged individuals. Photo: Shutterstock
An Oxford University study of 785 UK Biobank subjects found those who had been infected with Covid-19 had a 1.3-1.8 per cent loss of grey matter compared to an estimated 0.2 to 0.3 per cent loss of brain volume a year in normal middle-aged individuals. Photo: Shutterstock

Coronavirus: even mild cases may change the brain and shrink grey matter, finds Oxford study

  • Researchers tap into British biobank data to assess brain health before and after coronavirus infection
  • Data shows significant impact associated with the virus, mainly in areas responsible for emotions, memory and smell

An Oxford University study of 785 UK Biobank subjects found those who had been infected with Covid-19 had a 1.3-1.8 per cent loss of grey matter  compared to an estimated 0.2 to 0.3 per cent loss of brain volume a year in normal middle-aged individuals. Photo: Shutterstock
An Oxford University study of 785 UK Biobank subjects found those who had been infected with Covid-19 had a 1.3-1.8 per cent loss of grey matter compared to an estimated 0.2 to 0.3 per cent loss of brain volume a year in normal middle-aged individuals. Photo: Shutterstock
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