Ellen Mkhitaryan, a neurologist at the Russian Gerontology Research and Clinical Center, has named a factor that increases the risk of death from COVID-19. Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia worsen the course of the coronavirus, the specialist said in a lecture available on YouTube.
According to Mkhitaryan, 42,000 more patients with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia will die worldwide in 2020 than in the past five years. According to the neurologist, this is largely influenced by the coronavirus pandemic. The doctor recalled that Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases most often affect the elderly. For them, the coronavirus is more severe because the peripheral nervous system is severely affected.
“As a cause of disability and even mortality, dementia has a physical, psychological, social and economic impact not only on the patients themselves, but also on their caregivers, families and society as a whole,” stressed Alexander Rozanov, PhD, assistant director for regional development and federal projects at the N.I. Pirogov RSCC.
Previously, scientists have identified serious effects of coronavirus on the brain. Researchers found “pathways by which COVID-19 can lead to dementia similar to Alzheimer’s disease.