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Vertigo is a symptom of COVID-19

In a recent study, scientists estimate that 7.2 of people infected with COVID-19 report vertigo

In a recent study, scientists estimate that 7.2 of people infected with COVID-19 report vertigoUK’s National Health Service defines vertigo as feeling like one or everything around one is spinning – enough to affect one’s balance.

A recent study conducted by The University of Manchester and Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, published in the International Journal of Audiology in March 2021, reviewed evidence from different studies on the link between COVID-19 and hearing problems.

Professor Kevin Munro and PhD researcher Ibrahim Almufarrij found 56 studies that identified an association between COVID-19 and auditory and vestibular problems. They pooled data from 24 of these studies to estimate that the prevalence of hearing loss was 7.6%, tinnitus was 14.8% and vertigo was 7.2%.

Earlier, a published study from China found vertigo to be the most common neurological manifestation of COVID-19.

In a study published in SAGE's Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, scientists conclude that vertigo, albeit a nonspecific COVID-19 symptom, requires thorough investigation notably to determine its leading cause including, acute labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, acute otitis media, or secondary to stroke following COVID-19. The scientists emphasized that vertigo should not be taken lightly as it has been proven to be a notable clinical manifestation among COVID-19 patients.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19, including symptoms, prevention, and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organization or your national healthcare authority.

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