COVID-19 may harm your cognitive abilities

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In a study from the University of Waterloo, scientists found that people who contract COVID‐19 often experience memory, attention, and concentration problems, even after recovering from the initial illness.

They found individuals who had contracted CCOVID‐19 reported much more cognitive failures at work.

In the study, the team collected data from a sample of 94 full-time working adults who either had or had not contracted COVID‐19 at least one month prior to the study.

Both groups were matched on key demographic characteristics.

The team found relative to the group who had never had COVID-19, the group who had contracted COVID-19 reported more cognitive failures at work, which are defined as problems with memory, attention, and action.

A second finding of the work is that cognitive failures were linked to decreased self-ratings of job performance, as well as increased intentions to voluntarily leave one’s current job.

These results may have important implications for managers and organizations more broadly.

The people returning to work after contracting COVID-19 may experience difficulties returning to their pre-COVID-19 level of performance, and accommodations may be necessary.

These accommodations might include reducing workloads, extending deadlines, or providing flexible work arrangements.

If you care about COVID, please read studies about a new treatment option for COVID-19, and even mild cases of COVID-19 could leave mark on the brain.

For more information about COVID, please see recent studies about how finger length could help predict severe COVID-19, and results showing this new oral drug may prevent death from COVID-19.

The research was published in the journal Scientific Reports and conducted by James Beck et al.

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