Coronavirus causes cognitive impairment; Experts have discovered that meditation could be the cure

After recovering from COVID-19, or coronavirus, or some may call it CCP virus, many people have developed new COVID-like symptoms, which are called coronavirus sequelae. Medical experts recommend early diagnosis and treatment.

According to the clinical definitions of the World Health Organization (WHO) in October 2021, symptoms of “long-term COVID-19” generally appear on a person who has been diagnosed with COVID. This usually happens three months after infection. Symptoms usually last at least two months and nothing else is available for diagnostic interpretation.

Long-term symptoms of COVID-19 can include extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain and tightness, change in smell and taste, joint pain, brain fog which is memory decline and focus.

Wu Ching-yi, president of the Taiwan Occupational Therapy Association, pointed out that brain fog is a cognitive disorder. It is mainly manifested by loss of memory and concentration. Patients often find it difficult to concentrate, while their thinking process becomes slower to the point that they cannot even express what they want vocally.

A new study from St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia has also found that “long-term COVID-19” can lead to brain fog and even memory loss in patients. The study followed 128 patients for 12 months; the results show that about 20% developed severe brain fog or amnesia over a period of up to a year.

The Healthy Infinity Scheme, organized by the Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service (LC-HKS), aims to promote primary health care. On June 16, 2022, they held an online event, namely “Seminar on Elder Care During the Pandemic”, to discuss the relationship between cognitive impairment and sequelae of COVID-19.

Professor Benny Zee Chung-ying from the Department of Public Health at the Chinese University of Hong Kong recently proposed that even after recovering young people or adults with mild symptoms, the risks of developing cognitive impairment are significantly increased.

Professor Zee suggested that patients order automatic retinal image analysis (ARIA) to screen for the potential hidden danger of suffering from brain fog. He also encouraged family members and patients to exercise and boost their cognitive abilities by playing board games. This will prevent and greatly prevent conditions from deteriorating.

Other research has also found that meditation helps repair brain cell damage.

A joint report written by Dr. George Slavitchpsychoneurologist and psychiatrist at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Dr. David Black, a specialist in preventive health at the University of Southern California, show that people who meditate have longer telomeres than others .

When cell telomeres shorten, the phenomenon indicates cell aging and apoptosis. The results confirm, however, that the rate of cell aging slows down thanks to meditation.

Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, also found in her study that people who regularly meditate into their 50s have as much frontal cortex (the gray matter of the frontal lobe) as younger people. 25 years old.

The gray matter of the frontal lobe controls our intelligence and during the aging process, the volume of gray matter will gradually decrease, leading to cognitive decline and degeneration of its functions.

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