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Flu Poses Elevated Risk of Neurological Disorders Compared to COVID!

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United States: The flu poses a greater propensity for inducing neurological disorders compared to COVID, as per a ground-breaking study that bewildered its authors.

Expressing astonishment, Dr Brian Callaghan, a co-author from the University of Michigan Health in Ann Arbor, remarked, “While the outcomes diverged from our initial projections, they offer a semblance of reassurance by demonstrating that hospitalization due to COVID does not correlate with heightened instances of prevalent neurological ailments in comparison to influenza,” according to Health Day News.

Published online in Neurology, the flagship publication of the American Academy of Neurology, the study scrutinized individuals hospitalized with either COVID or influenza, omitting an exploration into the phenomenon of long COVID, as the researchers underscored.

The study compared the 77,000 hospitalized COVID patients with a control group of 77,000 flu-hospitalized people, excluding all the other possible reasons for hospitalization, by analyzing the claims archives.

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This led to the next broader question on the dosage frequency of such therapies over the following year as far as the most prevalent neurological disorders were concerned: migraine, epilepsy, stroke, neuropathy, movement disorders, and dementia.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of the findings:

Another striking fact to notice is that only 3.2 percent of migraine sufferers, as well as only 2 percent of COVID-19 patients, visited hospitals and medical facilities for being ill with migraine, while 2.1 percent of H1N1-infected people and 1.6 percent of COVID-19 patients sought the need for treatment because of epilepsy,” as per Health Day.

Besides, the stats of 2.4 percent for stroke treatment in contrast to 2 percent for COVID were reported during flu cases; flu patients compared to COVID cases registered incidences of 3.6 percent for neuropathy care against 1.9 percent and 2.5 percent for people with movement disorders compared to 1.5 percent.

Notably, dementia treatment exhibited comparable rates between the two viral afflictions, with 2.3 percent of flu patients and 2 percent of COVID patients receiving care for the condition.

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COVID patients showcased a 44 percent reduced likelihood of requiring neuropathy care, a 36 percent diminished probability of movement disorders treatment, a 10 percent lower risk of stroke intervention, and a 7 percent decreased chance of dementia care,” Health Day reported.

In aggregate, 4.9 percent of flu patients and 2.8 percent of COVID patients developed fresh neurological conditions within the year post-illness.

Reflecting on these findings, Dr Adam de Havenon, an associate professor of neurology at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., remarked, “Given that COVID-19 has permeated the majority of adult populace in the US, it’s encouraging to observe its behavioral parallels with other respiratory viruses concerning prevalent neurological conditions.”

He further added, “There existed apprehension that the already strained access to neurological care would further dwindle amidst a surge in demand following COVID-19 infection.”

Both de Havenon and Callaghan, members of the American Academy of Neurology Health Services Research Subcommittee, underscored the non-nationwide representation of the study’s data, cautioning against generalizing the findings to all COVID-19 survivors in the US.

The academy endorsed and disseminated the study’s results through its journal on March 20.

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