Poster Abstracts

Abstract

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) has been shown to cause long-lasting effects, including cognitive, psychiatric, and physical symptoms persisting for months after infection. Additionally, racial and ethnic minorities have been disproportionately affected. The purpose of this study was to identify cognitive and emotional sequela following Covid-19 infection. Standardized, neuropsychological data were obtained for 15 patients admitted to the Christine Lynn Rehabilitation Center in Miami, Florida. The majority of patients were male (60%, N = 9), and were racial/ethnic minorities (Hispanic; 60%, Caucasian; 13.3%, Caribbean; 13.3%, Asian; 6.7%, and African American; 6.7%). All had been diagnosed with Covid-19 within the past four months, subsequently testing negative. Average total hospitalization, including acute rehabilitation, ranged from 8 to 133 days (M = 61.93, SD = 38.23). Average education was 11.8 years (SD = 2.35), average age was 51 (SD = 15.43), and assessments were administered in English (60%) and Spanish (40%). The majority of participants demonstrated average premorbid functioning (60%). Significant cognitive reductions, defined as two standard deviations below estimated baseline, were found for immediate memory (66.7%), delayed memory (66.7%), attention (33.3%), executive functioning (40%), working memory (20%), and semantic (46.7%) and phonemic (40%) fluency. Overall, psychiatric symptoms were not significantly elevated.

First AuthorPatricia Sotolongo
Second AuthorLubna Morales-Atallah
Third AuthorAlejandra Lopez
Fourth AuthorGisela Aguila-Puentes
Fifth AuthorSusan Ireland
Sixth AuthorSheba Kumbhani