Self-reported memory problems persist for at least 8 months after COVID-19 infection

Takeaway

  • Many adults continue to experience memory problems and worsening of health for 8 months after testing positive for SARS-CoV-2.

Why this matters

  • Increasing evidence suggests that neurological and neurocognitive symptoms are a part of the postacute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection syndrome, even in mild cases of COVID-19.

  • These important findings highlight that even in mild cases, COVID-19 represents a significant problem for long-term psychiatric and physical health. Since self-reported memory problems are a risk factor for later mild cognitive impairment or dementia, the findings question whether current home-treatment strategies are optimal for long-term outcomes.