Covid-19 increases risk of development of mental disorders, - research

Source : 112 Ukraine

Covid-19 is tied with a new psychiatric diagnosis of people who had mental problems earlier
13:45, 11 November 2020


Covid-19 increases the risk of developing mental disorders, including anxiety, depression, and insomnia, as Mirror reported.

It is noted that the scientists of Oxford University analyzed electronic case-records of 69 million people in the U.S., including 62,000 patients with Covid-19. Their analysis showed that during three months after the positive result of the test for coronavirus, every fifth survived patient was diagnosed with anxiety, depression, or insomnia. According to the researchers, it is twice more frequently than for people without Covid-19.

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Besides, it was established that Covid-19 is tied with a new psychiatric diagnosis of people who had mental problems earlier.

“People have been worried that COVID-19 survivors will be at greater risk of mental health problems, and our findings in a large and detailed study show this to be likely,” Professor Paul Harrison, who led the study, said.

He noted that the services should be ready to provide care; moreover, these results will be possibly understated in comparison with the real number of cases. The studies are needed to establish the reasons and identify new methods of treatment.

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The analysis also showed that people who had mental problems earlier have more chances to be diagnosed with Covid-19 by 65% than people without them.

As we reported, Swiss scientists claimed that SARS-CoV-2 mutated and now cases of infection caused by a new strain of coronavirus are being detected in Europe.

Besides, in Norway, the new mutation of SARS-CoV-2 was found; it has never been observed in the country before – it is easier to get infected with it than with the usual form.


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