Brazilian researcher explores effects of Covid-19 on brain function

. May 28, 2020
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Marcelo M. S. Lima, associate professor at the Physiology Department of the Federal University of Paraná, published a recent article suggesting that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, may have severe effects on the human brain. He quotes that some 36.4 percent of patients suffer some form of cerebral complications, a rate that rises to 45.5 percent among severe cases.

The alert toward potential brain complications is the temporary loss of sense of smell reported by a large number of patients, says the researcher. The ability to smell is regulated by the central nervous system, suggesting that the coronavirus may be using smell receptors as an entryway into human organisms.

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Euan Marshall

Originally from Scotland, Euan Marshall is a journalist who ditched his kilt and bagpipes for a caipirinha and a football in 2011, when he traded Glasgow for São Paulo. Specializing in Brazilian soccer, politics and the connection between the two, he authored a comprehensive history of Brazilian soccer entitled “A to Zico: An Alphabet of Brazilian Football.”

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