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This Scary Symptom Common Months After COVID, Research Shows

If you've had a bout with COVID-19 and found that it's affected your mental health, you're not alone. In fact, new research suggests it may be "the norm" for COVID to have effects on the brain—ranging from fatigue and depression, and even in mild cases. That's the conclusion of a new review of studies published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry , which looked at more than 105,000 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in 30 countries. Researchers found that loss of smell was reported by 43% of COVID patients, followed by weakness (40%), fatigue (38%), loss of taste (37%), muscle pain (25%), depression (23%), headache (21%) and anxiety (16%). Even people with mild cases of COVID—meaning, not requiring hospitalization—reported neurological effects: 55% had fatigue, 52% reported loss of smell, 47% muscle pain, 45% loss of taste, and 44% experienced headaches.  "We had expected that neurological and psychiatric symptoms would be more c