New study sheds more light on COVID-19 and strokes

Mike Dougherty
May 23, 2020 - 11:41 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Respiratory problems from COVID-19 are well-publicized, but a new study sheds more light on the neurological dangers of the coronavirus.

COVID-19 does serious damage to several internal organs in severe cases. Doctors in New York studied 2,500 patients and found an increased risk for stroke in older people with underlying conditions.

According to Dr. Brian Steig, chairman of the brain and spine center at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, that's "seven times higher than the average number of strokes seen in patients that have routine influenzas."

Another major problem, he explained, is people putting things off because they're afraid to go to the hospital.


"Despite the fact that we were taking care of this pandemic crisis in New York City, the hospital was still open for managing medical and surgical emergencies. We did that without turning an eye," he said.

Steig said some people who had strokes or ruptured aneurysms were waiting almost a week before seeking treatment because they were scared of being exposed to COVID-19.