Suara.com – Covid-19 survivors at risk of natural neurological or psychiatric problems. From the results of the study it was found that one in three people who recover from Covid-19 may experience this.
Research published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry has shown that Covid-19 patients are significantly more likely to experience problems in this area of the brain than pain caused by other respiratory infections.
Experts studied the health records of more than 230,000 patients who have recovered from Covid-19. They found that 34 percent were diagnosed with a neurological condition at six months. The most common conditions were anxiety (17 percent) and mood disorders (14 percent).
For 13 percent of patients the disorder was their first diagnosis of a mental health problem.
The overall incidence of neurological disorders such as cerebral hemorrhage (0.6 percent), stroke (2.1 percent) and dementia (0.7 percent) was lower overall than for psychiatric disorders. But the risk of brain disorders is generally higher in patients with severe Covid.
The authors also examined data from more than 100,000 patients diagnosed with influenza and more than 236,000 diagnosed with respiratory infections.
They found that overall there was a 44 percent greater risk for neurological and mental health diagnoses after Covid-19 than after the flu, and a 16 percent higher risk compared with respiratory infections.
“Many of these conditions are chronic. As a result, the health care system needs to be supported to address anticipated needs, in both primary and secondary care services,” said Paul Harrison, lead author from the University of Oxford, quoted from Channel News Asia.
Patients who are hospitalized with severe Covid-19 are at great risk of experiencing COVID-19, according to the analysis. For example, 46 percent of patients requiring intensive care were diagnosed with a neurological or psychiatric condition within six months of recovery.
Data shows 2.7 percent of people who need intensive care suffer from brain hemorrhages after recovering from Covid, compared to 0.3 percent of people who are not hospitalized. Meanwhile, nearly 7 percent of patients requiring intensive care suffer from strokes.
Writing in a related commentary article, Jonathan Rogers of University College London, responded that more research needs to be done, regarding long-term neurology and psychiatry among Covid-19 patients.
“Unfortunately, many of the disorders identified in this study tend to be chronic or recurrent, so we can anticipate that the effects of Covid-19 could be with us for many years,” said Rogers, who was not involved in the study.