Nearly half of severe COVID-19 cases showed neurological symptoms

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Some coronavirus patients may suffer neurological problems such as dizziness, headaches and impaired consciousness, according to a study released Friday.

The study, conducted by several researchers in Wuhan, China, examined the symptoms of 214 coronavirus patients, and found nearly half of those with severe cases had neurological issues.

About a third of all patients studied — both severe and non-severe cases — had some neurological symptoms.

Thirty-six patients had dizziness, 28 had headaches and 16 suffered impaired consciousness, the study found.

Seizures and ataxia, a nervous system disease that causes slurred speech and stumbling, were each found in one patient with a severe case.

Nineteen patients experience sensory impairment, such as loss of taste and smell, the study found.

On Friday, the worldwide coronavirus death toll rose to more than 100,000 people, according to figures released by Johns Hopkins University.

In New York City, the death toll climbed to more than 5,000 on Friday, with 639 more Big Apple residents killed by the virus in a single day.