Literature Review of SARS-CoV-2 Infection on Pediatric Neurological Function
Keywords:COVID-19, neuropsychology, neurology, long COVID, post-viral infection
In the last three years since the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers seem to be consistently uncovering consequential information surrounding the possible long-term consequences of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Scientists have been learning more about post-viral syndromes in recent years and have been searching for treatments to sicknesses like myalgic encephalomyelitis, Epstein Barr, and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Similar to those afflictions, a significant number of adults who experienced COVID-19 have complained about post-viral illness and symptoms that impair their daily functioning; now coined Long COVID (LC). With many pieces of the puzzle still missing in terms of predicting long-term health outcomes following COVID-19 infection (especially in cases of repeated infection), we are left to wonder how this virus may affect youth development. In this paper I will review the neurological consequences from infection in utero to toddler age, effects on the brain and nervous system in adolescents, and general post-infection symptoms and illness in minors.