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1 in 3 coronavirus patients develop mental disorders: Study

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Every 1 in 3 coronavirus patients suffer from neurological and psychiatric disorders after being diagnosed with the viral infection. 

Researcher at Oxford University had claimed that most Coronavirus patients suffer from neurological and psychiatric disorders six months after being diagnosed with the viral infection. 

According to a study titled “Neurological and Psychiatric Outcomes in COVID-19 Survivors” published recently in the Lancet Psychiatry journal, 1 out of 3 Coronavirus patients develop neurological or psychiatric disorders during the six months after the diagnosis of COVID-19. 

According to the study, the Oxford University researchers, in collaboration with TriNetX, a global health research network for healthcare organizations analyzed the electronic health records of over 236,000 coronavirus patients who were diagnosed between 20th January 2020 and 31st December 2020. 

The result showed that that 34% of the COVID-19 survivors experienced intracranial hemorrhage, ischaemic stroke, parkinsonism, Guillain-Barré syndrome, nerve, nerve root, and plexus disorders, myoneural junction and muscle disease, encephalitis, dementia, psychotic, mood, and anxiety disorders (grouped separately), substance use disorder, and insomnia within 6 months after the initial diagnosis. 

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Maxime Taquet, Professor at Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry and lead investigator of the study has said that neurological diseases and psychiatric disorders have become more common after coronavirus than after flu or other respiratory infections. 

He expressed fear that the Covid pandemic could produce a wave of neurological and psychiatric problems worldwide. 

As per the similar study published in November in 2020, claimed that 1 out of 5 or 20% of Covid patients develop psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, and dementia during the first 14 to 90 days after getting diagnosed of coronavirus.  

The study also claimed that people with a pre-existing mental illness are 65% more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than those without. 

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