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Title: Covid-19 and language : a case study
Authors: Cummings, L 
Issue Date: Jul-2021
Source: International journal of language studies, July 2021, v. 15, no. 3, p. 1-24
Abstract: The emergence of novel SARS-CoV-2 has had devastating consequences for populations in all parts of the world. The virus that causes Covid-19 has resulted in high mortality, particularly among vulnerable individuals. It has also given rise to a condition termed "long Covid." This is a constellation of often debilitating symptoms that persists for many months after initial infection with SARS-CoV-2. Many adults with long Covid report an array of cognitive-linguistic difficulties that are commonly characterized as “brain fog.” These difficulties compromise daily activities and occupational functioning, and cause considerable psychological distress, with many affected individuals unable to work months after the acute phase of their illness. This case study examines a 61-year-old man who contracted SARS-CoV-2 in the early days of the first wave of the pandemic in the UK. It explores in detail the development of his illness over several months. A detailed analysis of his language is undertaken. It reveals a speaker with intact structural language skills and normal speech production abilities. However, there was an impairment of high-level language skills that affected the informativeness of his discourse. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of the clinical implications of this case.
Keywords: Cognitive-communication disorder
Discourse production
Executive function
Infectious disease
Narrative discourse
Publisher: EBSCO Publishing
Journal: International journal of language studies 
ISSN: 2157-4898
EISSN: 2157-4901
Rights: © 2021 IJLS
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