Covid: 1 in 3 patients develop mental disorder later, says study

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One in three people who have had Covid-19 received a diagnosis of mental or neurological disease within six months of infection.

The conclusion is the largest study ever done on this type of sequel to Covid, published on Tuesday (6) in the English scientific journal The Lancet Psychiatry.

The authors analyzed data from 236,379 patients, most of them from the USA, according to Folha. The study included patients over the age of ten who were infected with the coronavirus after January 20, 2020 and were alive on December 13, 2020.

This group was compared with another of 105,000 patients who had flu and a third of 236,000 people who had any respiratory tract disease, including flu.

According to the study, anxiety (17%), mood disorders (14%), substance abuse (7%) and insomnia (5%) were the most common diagnoses that Covid survivors received.

Neurological diseases were more rare, but not uncommon among those severely affected by the coronavirus. They include cerebral hemorrhage (0.6%), ischemic stroke (2.1%) and dementia (0.7%).

“Although the risk of these diseases is small from an individual point of view, the effects on the population as a whole are considerable for the health and social assistance systems, because of the scale of the pandemic and taking into account that many of these diseases are chronic “, Paul Harrison, lead author of the study and professor at Oxford, said in a note.

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