Sandwich Officials See Increase In Stroke-Like Symptoms Connected To Covid

Sandwich, MASS. (WBZ NewsRadio) — As medical professionals continue to learn more about the coronavirus, there's been increasing reports of Covid-19 causing strokes or stroke-like symptoms in people across the country.

In Sandwich, public safety officials say they've been seeing this trend locally, as well.

Although Covid-19 was first identified by its severe respiratory symptoms, the virus has reportedly been causing strokes in people with no known risk factors.

Sandwich Fire Chief John Burke says there's been an uptick in the amount of emergency calls reporting stroke-like symptoms as the number of positive coronavirus cases in town also rises.

"We're not sure if that's related to the blood clotting, supposedly of Covid but we're seeing an uptick," Burke said.

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Specifically, Burke says, it's confusion and difficulty maintaining balance that are the top stroke symptoms being tied back to Covid.

"What they're seeing in the E.R. is falls and confusion that's being tied to more prevalent Covid positive cases," Burke said.

He urges anyone with coronavirus to look out for stroke-like symptoms, even if they aren't feeling sick or have no underlying health conditions.

The town of Sandwich had 45 active cases of Covid-19 on Sunday. 

WBZ NewsRadio's Tim Dunn Reports

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