Doctors are testing a prescription video game for COVID-19 ‘brain fog’

Akili CEO plays the company’s video game on an iPad.
The Akili Interactive video game. | Photo by Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A research team is testing a prescription video game to see if it can help people who have lingering memory and attention problems after recovering from COVID-19. Many people who survived the disease say that they’re often confused and have difficulty focusing, and research studies show that the symptoms can stick around for months after they recover.

Faith Gunning, a neuropsychologist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, thinks the EndeavorRX video game might be able to treat some of those symptoms. The game, made by Akili Interactive, made history last summer when it became the first video game to get the Food and Drug Administration’s sign-off to be prescribed as a medical treatment. It’s cleared as a treatment for kids between the…

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Author: Nicole Wetsman