Coronavirus might ‘hide’ in brains of severely ill patients -- wreaking potential lifelong havoc
A nurse and respiratory therapist attend to a coronavirus patient in the Intensive Care Unit of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, in Colton, California. - Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/TNS

The novel coronavirus doesn’t just attack the brain, new research shows. It may take up residence and “hide” there. And, like Jason in the unending stream of “Friday the 13th” movies, it could come back. Researchers at Georgia State University measured the levels of SARS-CoV-2 – the pathogen that causes COVID-19 – in the brains of mice that had been infected via their nasal passages and had developed severe illness. They found virus levels 1,000 times higher there than in other organs, they said in a study published in the journal Viruses. The team is now puzzling out the implications of the n...