Background: While the COVID-19 pandemic affected more than thirty million people
world-wide, still the true link between COVID-19 and the incidence of stroke remains to be elucidated.
Methods: Herein, we briefly discuss virology of COVID-19 and approaches for diagnosis and treatment
of COVID-19 patients, as well as the mechanisms that link stroke and COVID-19.
Results: Many pathophysiologic and immunologic mechanisms have been implicated in stroke occurring
among patients with COVID-19. COVID-19 pandemic has, in different ways, negative impacts
on the care of stroke patients world-wide, and still, neurologists have to face many challenges
to improve the care of stroke patients during such crisis.
Conclusion: Although the control of the COVID-19 is of crucial importance, at the same time, the
management of stroke must not be neglected. Therefore, preserving care for critical conditions
such as stroke, and providing strategies to ensure this continues, have a priority even during the crisis.
Till vaccine is available for COVID-19, strategies for rapid diagnosis and those for treating patients
with that disease are evolving. Further studies are warranted.