As fear gripped the world with onslaught of the novel coronavirus, a new study came up with more bad news that one in three people affected with the virus suffers long-term neurological disorders.
According to a research published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, the survivors that 34% of coronavirus survivors received a diagnosis for a neurological or psychological condition within six months of infection.
“Our study provides evidence for substantial neurological and psychiatric morbidity in the 6 months after COVID-19 infection,” the research posted on the Lancet Psychiatry’s online says.
Risks were greatest in, but not limited to, patients who had severe COVID-19, it said adding complementary study designs, including prospective cohorts, are needed to corroborate and explain these findings.
The study was conducted among 236, 379 patients diagnosed with the Covid-19, mostly in the United States.
US broadcaster CNN reported referring to the study that the most common diagnosis was anxiety, found in 17% of those treated for Covid-19, followed by mood disorders, found in 14% of patients.
The broadcaster quoted Maxime Taquet, co-author of the study and an academic clinical fellow in psychiatry at the University of Oxford, saying that the results indicate that brain diseases and psychiatric disorders are more common after Covid-19 than after flu or other respiratory infections, even when patients are matched for other risk factors.
“We now need to see what happens beyond six months,” the scientist is quoted as saying.
The findings provide a sweeping view of the long-term burden the virus will have on those it struck.
Other, smaller studies have pointed to the same conclusion. Research in February followed 381 patients treated for Covid-19 at a hospital in Rome, Italy and found that 30% of them experienced post-traumatic stress disorder after recovery, according to the CNN.