Brain fog is characterized by confusion, forgetfulness, and a lack of focus and mental clarity. This can be caused by overworking, lack of sleep, stress, and spending too much time on the computer.
Today the term ‘brain fog’ has become synonymous with the cognitive impairment many people experience during or after a bout with Covid-19. Roughly 20 to 30 percent of Covid patients have some brain fog that persists or develops during the three months after their initial infection, and more than 65 percent of those with long Covid report neurological symptoms too. “It’s becoming a neurological health crisis,” said Dr. Michelle Monje, a neurologist at Stanford University who has studied both chemotherapy- and coronavirus-related cognitive impairment.
LONG COVID People who experience lingering cognitive symptoms after recovering from COVID-19 are called long-haulers, and brain fog is one of the common symptoms. For example, a 2020 study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research found that people who had recovered from COVID-19 showed cognitive impairments that may be associated with inflammation caused by the virus.
- LONG COVID: Covid survivors suffer memory loss, reduced alertness & focus.
- Washington Post – Psychotherapy never cleared my brain fog.
- San Francisco Neuropsychology
Brain fog becomes dementia when:
- You are unable to work and/or taking care of household finances.
- You stopped doing household tasks you’ve always done.
- You stopped doing social activities you used to.