"There were hundreds of thousands of excess deaths in the U.S. during the first year of the pandemic, many of which were caused by COVID," said Dr. Adalja, an infectious disease specialist. "Autopsies are often done when the cause of death is elusive and for COVID-related deaths — the third most common cause of death in 2020 — an autopsy would not necessarily have provided any new information."
CDC: Autopsy rates hit new low in 2020, COVID deaths ignored
“Some of these patients were hospitalized, after which perceived cognitive deficits may arise from disputed sleep/wake cycles, the receipt of sedative medications and the psychosocial stress of a hospitalization,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious diseases specialist and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
Study links long COVID to cognitive deficits