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3 Teens with COVID-19 Developed Sudden Severe Psychiatric Symptoms. Why?

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Suicidal thoughts, “paranoia-like fears,” delusions, and “foggy brain” have been identified in three adolescents who had mild or asymptomatic COVID-19. Now, a new study into their immune responses identifies a potential mechanism by which these symptoms emerged. 

The study, led by researchers at the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences and the UCSF Department of Pediatrics, is the first to look at anti-neural antibodies – “turncoat” antibodies that may attack brain tissue – in pediatric patients who had been infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Over a duration of five months in 2020, a total of 18 children and teens were hospitalized ...