Video games to fight Covid? –

Among non-connoisseurs, video games have long had the reputation of stupefying gamers. If scientific studies have proven the opposite, a new milestone could be crossed. What if a game could help fight the symptoms of Covid?

Video games can promote attention and processing speed. A fact that has inspired some researchers. A new clinical study conducted by teams from Weill Cornell Medicine in New York is thus trying to determine whether video games can help reduce the symptoms of cognitive impairment in certain patients previously affected by Covid-19. For this, these teams decided to prescribe a game under prescription in order to study its effects on people with memory and attention problems.

A study still in progress

Because in some patients who have been affected by the virus, a form of “brain frog” persists. This is why several volunteers aged at least 18 have agreed to play 25 minutes a day, 5 times a week. The game prescribed for these players, developed by Akili Interactive, is called Endeavor RX. It places the player at the controls of a ship aboard which he must travel circuits while dodging the obstacles that stand in his way. Last year, it was already the first video game prescribed by prescription for children with attention disorders. The study currently in progress should last 6 weeks, before a post-treatment follow-up which will last 4.

Through Rob_Bellamy, Writing


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