34% of Covid-19 Patients Suffer from Neurological or Mental Health Disorders, Study Finds

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Neurological and mental disorders caused by the Covid-19 virus by: Nik Shuliahin, Unsplash
Neurological and mental disorders caused by the Covid-19 virus by: Nik Shuliahin, Unsplash

34% of people affected by the Covid-19 virus reported symptoms of neurological or psychiatric disorder within six months of infection stated an observational study of over 230,000 patient health records. 

The findings were published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal on Tuesday. Researchers relied on data from the TriNetX network, which includes 81 million people; analyzing electronic health records of 236,379 corona-virus patients from the United States. The data came from three groups: 200,000 COVID patients,  236,083 patients diagnosed with respiratory tract infection, and 105,579 patients diagnosed with influenza.

According to the same study led by the University of Oxford, one third Covid-19 patients received a diagnosis of a neurological or mental health disorder due to the virus. Of the diagnosed patients, 13% suffered neurological or psychiatric disorders for the first time in their life. 

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Anxiety disorders had hit 17% of patients, mood disorders 14%, substance misuse disorders 7% and insomnia 7%. Thankfully, severe collateral damage was low only with 2.1% accounting for ischemic stroke; 0.7% for dementia, and finally 0.6% for brain hemorrhage.