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Russian scientists believe the coronavirus is capable of destroying the brain

Coronavirus can lead to the extinction of entire parts of the brain, said Professor of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University Peter the Great Andrei Kozlov.



The professor, who leads research in molecular virology and oncology, said that Coronavirus is similar to influenza and herpes viruses, which can penetrate into brain tissue and destroy it.

Kozlov noted that a number of scientific articles describe cases of brain tissue necrosis in patients diagnosed with COVID-19. He cited a case in Detroit where a woman infected with coronavirus had a confused consciousness. MRI scans revealed focal lesions in various areas of the brain.

Virologists believe that the brain lesions may be caused by the active action of the immune system, which throws cytokines into the blood. In large quantities, these substances can damage the walls of blood vessels and cause hemorrhages in the brain. Specialists do not rule out the ability of coronavirus to penetrate directly into brain tissue, leading to its necrosis.

Recall that on March 11, the World Health Organization declared a coronavirus pandemic. According to recent data, for all the time of coronavirus infection spread, since the announcement of the epidemic in China in late 2019, more than 1.5 million cases of infection with coronavirus have been registered. The disease has killed over 88,000 people.

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