COVID-19 worsens existing headaches and increases the risk of de novo primary headaches post-infection

Takeaway

  • COVID-19 has a substantial negative impact on individuals with pre-existing primary headache disorder, while many people experience de novo primary headache post-infection.

Why this matters

    Headache is a common symptom during and after COVID-19, with many people experiencing worsening of previous headache or new onset headache post-infection. These important findings suggest that physicians should consider headache during COVID-19 as a possible prognostic factor for symptom severity and potential development of neurological symptoms or headache as chronic sequela of COVID-19.