According to Alzheimer’s researchers, Covid could lead to an increase in dementia cases.
AFTER Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) pleaded for persons living with dementia to be prioritized as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in December 2020, a new issue has emerged that could lead to an increase in dementia cases. According to a study involving over 100 Alzheimer’s and dementia groups from across the world, with COVID-19 cases continuing to rise internationally, the world could be on the verge of seeing a new wave of dementia cases.
While the ADI applauded “the UK government’s action to safeguard the vulnerable from COVID-19 by offering front-of-queue vaccine access against the virus,” it appears that vaccines are insufficient to keep persons from getting COVD-19-related early onset dementia.
Dementia is a term that describes the degradation of the brain’s ability to remember, think, and make daily decisions. The most common kind of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, for which there is currently no cure. Dementia is most frequent in older persons, but it is not a natural aspect of aging.
In the short term, “dementia rates may reduce briefly as a result of the large number of dementia-related deaths caused by COVID-19, with between 25 and 45 percent of all COVID-19 deaths predicted to be dementia-related,” the London-based study group warned this week.
However, because to COVID-19’s neurological impact, the number of persons having dementia symptoms could dramatically increase in the long run. According to Johns Hopkins University, over 218 million instances of COVID-19 have been reported since the coronavirus first emerged in China in late 2019, with slightly over 18 million in the last month.
However, due to variables such as a lack of initial testing when the pandemic first began and insufficient capacity to register cases, the true number of global infections is estimated to be significantly greater than reported.
The ADI is now pushing the World Health Organization and governments throughout the world to “urgently expedite studies into the potential influence of COVID-19 on rising dementia rates.”
According to an international study organisation that supports and collaborates with Alzheimer’s and dementia associations in 120 countries, the pandemic could result in a significant increase in dementia patients in the long run.
Between three and six months following their birth, Gabriel de Erausquin of the University of Texas Science Centre investigated approximately 300 adults. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”