‘1 in 3 COVID survivors suffer mental, neurological problems’
Published: 03:21 PM, 7 April 2021 Updated: 03:22 PM, 7 April 2021
One out of three people who recovered from Covid-19 has been suffering from psychiatric or neurological problems within six months.
A study conducted on COVID survivors reported this in the journal ‘The Lancet Psychiatry’ which is published on Wednesday.
According to the authors of the research, the study proved that the survivors of Covid-19 were more likely to develop brain conditions that lead to mental problems and psychiatric disorders.
The news agency AFP reported that the study – conducted with health records of more than 230,000 patients who had recovered from Covid-19 – found that 34 percent were diagnosed with “a neurological or psychiatric condition within six months”.
“The most common symptoms were anxiety and mood disorders,” the study said.
Besides, the incidence of neurological disorders such as brain hemorrhage, stroke, and dementia was also shown slightly, however, lower than the psychiatric disorders. But the risk for brain disorders was generally higher in patients who had severe Covid-19.
The authors also examined the data of more than 100,000 influenza patients and more than 236,000 diagnosed with respiratory tract infection – found a 44 percent greater risk of neurological and mental problems after Covid-19 than flu and a 16 percent higher risk than with respiratory tract infections.
“While that individual risk of neurological and psychiatric disorders from Covid-19 was small, the overall effect across the global can be substantial,” said Paul Harrison, lead author from the University of Oxford.
“Many of those conditions were chronic,” he added.
Patients hospitalized with severe Covid-19 were at great risk of developing long-term conditions, according to the analysis.
For example, 46 percent of patients who needed intensive care (ICUs) were diagnosed with neurological or psychiatric conditions within six months of recovery.
The data showed 2.7 percent of those people suffered a brain hemorrhage than 0.3 percent of people who weren’t hospitalized. Besides, nearly 7 percent of those needing ICU care suffered a stroke, compared with 1.3 percent of patients who didn’t.