- 36.4% of patients had neurological symptoms, most frequently headache, dizziness and impaired consciousness.
- About 5% of patients reported either hypogeusia or hyposmia.
- Severely ill patients were more likely to develop acute cerebrovascular diseases, impaired consciousness and skeletal muscle injury.
This data comes from a non-peer reviewed retrospective case series conducted in three hospitals of Wuhan. It included 214 patients (88 severe and 126 non-severe) confirmed SARS-CoV-2 positive by RT-PCR from throat swab specimens. Neurological symptoms were reviewed by neurologists and organized into categories: central nervous system, peripheral nervous system and muscle injury.
Mao L., Wang M., Chen S., He Q., Chang J., Hong C., Zhou Y., Wang D., Li Y., Jin H., Hu B. (February 22, 2020). Neurological manifestations of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China: A retrospective case series study. medRxiv [Epub ahead of print]. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.02.22.20026500