Letter to the editor: Covid can make you stupid

By MARIA LICHTER | Cashton

The freedom of not wearing a mask was intoxicating for me, for about a month. Now I feel the need to mask up once again to avoid the relentless Covid variants.

  Yale University neurologists said Covid-19 can have severe effects on your brain: they compared images of people’s brains from before and after they had Covid-19 and found loss of grey matter in several areas of the cerebral cortex.  

In a recent landmark study of more than 200,000 post-COVID-19 patients, researchers looked at 236,379 British patients diagnosed with Covid-19 over six months, analyzing neurologic and psychiatric complications during that time period. They compared those individuals to others who had experienced similar respiratory illnesses that were not Covid-19, and they showed a significant increase in several medical conditions among the Covid-19 group, including memory loss, nerve disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and insomnia. The symptoms were present among all age groups and in patients who were asymptomatic, isolating in home quarantine, and those admitted to hospitals. 

  So, Covid can make you stupid, Stupid. Or stupider than you already are if you’re an anti-vaxxer. Get the damn shot, and wear the damn mask. You already have to wear seatbelts, shirt and shoes; you have to have insurance on your car and house; I could go on and on. Free to be dumb is not the same as freedom. As the immortal Janis Joplin sang, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”  If you feel you have nothing left to lose, you are free to be as dumb as you like; just don’t infect the rest of us with it.

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