Headache is one of the possible symptoms of infection with the Coronavirus, according to To study Published in the scientific journal “PLOS ONE”, the incidence of headache syndrome was 13% in a group of 24,410 individuals infected with the Coronavirus.
Some people call the headache associated with Corona “corona headache”.
Headaches were reported early and late in the coronavirus infection stage, with delayed headaches possibly associated with disease exacerbation.
Headache can also be a symptom of Corona in people with migraine. In these cases, headaches were reported to occur before the most common symptoms of corona, such as fever and cough, appeared.
What does a headache corona look like?
According To report In the magazine “Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain”, there are 4 characteristics of Corona headache, namely:
1- Moderate to severe headache.
2- It causes a feeling of a pulse or a feeling of pressure in the head.
3- It occurs on both sides of the head.
4- It may get worse when bending over.
Corona headache may come in the form of pressure around the head, which is believed to be due to the cytokine storm that accompanies corona infection, which leads to inflammation and pain.
In a cytokine storm, a dangerous immune response occurs, as immune cells are overproduced and enter the lungs, leading to a deterioration in the body similar to blood poisoning. This is accompanied by a decrease in the ability to breathe and pneumonia, which may ultimately lead to death.
But, in general, a headache may not be a cause for concern unless it appears in a different way than before, or is accompanied by other unexplained symptoms such as unexplained fatigue, body aches, and a feeling of fatigue.
However, if you feel that your headache is unusual, check for other symptoms of Coronavirus infection, and contact a doctor.
Is your headache a sign of Corona?
If you feel a normal headache or migraine without the presence of the other previous signs, or the presence of other symptoms of Corona such as fever, dry cough and loss of the sense of smell and taste, it is very likely that it is a normal headache, which will eventually disappear.
Headache that lasts for months
And in report The latest publication in the magazine “Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain”, the researchers talked about the case of a woman who contracted Corona, and who became suffering from a constant headache and her sense of smell had not recovered since she contracted the disease months ago.
The report describes the case of the patient in Corona, who at the time of publication of the report was suffering from a headache for 85 consecutive days, which began shortly after her first infection. The patient, who is 40 years old, had a previous diagnosis of migraine.
The first symptom of the Corona virus in this patient was diarrhea, followed by fatigue, dry cough and muscle pain that began on the second day. Symptoms lasted for 5 days. On the fourth day, I lost my sense of smell.
The headache began on the fifth day, and she described it as a double-sided headache, throbbing, aggravated by light physical activity. She described her headache pain as persistent and intense for 7 days, and even as other symptoms subsided, her headache got worse.
At the time of publishing the report, the headache was moderate to severe for 6 hours.
Corona’s possible long-term effects are not limited to headaches, but include brain fog. In report Published by the American New York Times, author Pam Belloc shed light on this condition caused by Covid-19, which symptoms include memory loss, confusion, difficulty concentrating, dizziness and the inability to understand the normal words we use in our daily life.
The author reviewed a number of stories of those recovering from the Corona virus and those who contracted “brain fog”, and how this negatively affected their professional activities and their daily lives.
For example, after he was infected with the Coronavirus last March, Michael Reagan forgot all the details of his 12-day vacation in Paris, although he was only a few weeks away from the vacation.
After several weeks of recovering from symptoms of Covid-19, Erica Taylor became confused and forgetful and was unable to recognize her own car.
Dr. Igor Kuralnik, head of the Department of Infectious Neurology at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, who has followed cases of many people recovering from Corona, says, “There are thousands of people who suffer from this condition (brain fog), and its effect will be on the workforce. Great “.
The author explained that scientists are not yet sure of the causes of those recovering from Corona infection with brain fog, which includes those who have only suffered slight symptoms due to Covid-19 and have not previously suffered from any diseases.
Scientific assumptions state that brain fog occurs when the body’s immune response to the virus does not stop, or when the blood vessels leading to the brain become inflamed.
“This condition is debilitating,” says Rick Sullivan, 60, who has experienced bouts of brain fog since last July after recovering from Covid-19. “This condition is exhausted. It has become almost immobilized. I feel like I’m under anesthesia.”
Searching for scientific answers
The author says that the association of Covid-19 with brain fog remains largely a mystery, because the symptoms are so diverse.
“The simplest answer is that patients maintain strong immune activity after the initial infection subsides,” says Dr. Avendra Nath, head of the inflammations of the nervous system at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
According to Dr. Serena Spoditch, chair of the Division of Neuroinflammation and Neurology at Yale University School of Medicine, “Inflammation of the blood vessels or cells lining the blood vessels may be the cause of this condition.”
“The inflammatory molecules released by the immune system during its resistance to the virus can turn into a type of toxin, especially for the brain,” Spoditch believes.
“Another possible cause is autoimmune reactions when antibodies mistakenly attack nerve cells,” she adds.
According to the author, experts advise people suffering from brain fog to consult a specialist to avoid the development of the condition, but doctors do not currently have an answer whether the symptoms will improve or disappear with time.
Corona mysteries continue
A new mystery is added, which is the ability of the Corona virus to transmit in open spaces, so although almost all recorded cases of infection with the Corona virus have been detected in closed places, experts say that putting protective masks in open places is justified given the possibilities of transmission of the epidemic in events such as those in which people stand Beside each other for long periods such as parties and election festivals.
And the studies talk – according to a report published by the French Press Agency – of cases in restaurants, homes, factories, offices, conferences, trains and airplanes. An analysis of 25,000 cases showed that 6% of those cases were related to places with open spaces, such as sporting events or concerts.
In those closed locations, the physical distancing guidelines were not respected, or people stayed there for a while moving, talking loudly or singing.
One of the participants in the study, Mike Wade, a professor and researcher at the University of Canterbury Christchurch, told AFP, “We could not determine that any case of infection occurred in a place where daily life is practiced in the open air.”
The data indicate that “outdoor places are safer than closed places for the same activity and distance,” according to a group of scientists and engineers, including professors from American, British and German universities.
The group of scientists explains that “the risk of infection is much lower in open places than in closed ones because viruses that are released into the air can reduce their concentration in the atmosphere.”
The group concluded that “there is no evidence of the transmission of Covid-19 when people pass by each other in external places, although this is not impossible.”
Tech Lensy Mar, an expert in virus transmission through the air at the University of Virginia, said that she recommends putting masks in outdoor places if they are overcrowded and in the event of “passing by people frequently, for example more than one person per minute, as a kind of instruction and not as an absolute rule.” “.
“When we pass by people in outdoor spaces, we can catch a whiff of their breathing exhaling,” she said, adding that “any one brief exposure during traffic is low risk, but repeated exposure to it can accumulate over time.”
“My advice is to follow the precautionary principle and the fact that wearing a mask does not hurt,” Marr added.
Regarding restaurant patios, the group of scientists recommends maintaining a safe distance between tables and putting masks and protective masks when not eating.
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