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Study: Coronavirus Hides in Brain, Could Reactivate Later

The coronavirus can hide in the brain and reactivate long after a sufferer’s initial bout with the virus has ended, a new study has found.

Researchers at Georgia State University say although the virus leaves a person’s respiratory system after recovery, it doesn’t leave the person’s body completely; instead, it “hides out” in the brain, waiting for an ideal time to reactivate. “The brain is one of the organs where viruses like to hide,” says the study’s lead author, Dr. Mukesh Kumar. “We know that because there is no immune response. So viruses like to go to a place and hide where they can be safe.”

A study is now underway to determine if there’s a link between the virus hiding in the brain and brain dysfunction that’s been reported by thousands of COVID survivors, Kumar says.

Should this finding scare us? How many frightening COVID facts have you heard that were later changed?


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