HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) — Can COVID-19 trigger early dementia? Penn State Hershey researchers are currently trying to find out.

As people get older, dementia becomes a growing health problem within that population. Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine believe there could be a correlation with COVID-19.

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“We predict the COVID-19 infection well as a whole group propel the cognitive decline faster than those that don’t,” Professor Xuemei Huang said

The current hypothesis is yet to be backed by research, but COVID-19 patients often report neurological issues such as memory loss.

“The first problem with Parkinson’s is a sense of smell. So when COVID-19 hit a lot of people complained that they lost their sense of smell and people said could that be the start of that,” Huang said

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Dr. Huang says this may only be the beginning.

“Our question is more kind of thinking not only that people can have a COVID-19 infection, but who recovers and who doesn’t recover,” said Huang said

The medical team collects all types of information from COVID-19 infection history and medical history.