Researchers took into consideration age, sex, ethnicity, and health conditions. The research found a 44% greater risk of suffering neurological and mental health problems after Covid-19 compared to flu. And a 16% higher risk than with respiratory tract infections.
The Covid-19 pandemic first appeared in China in December 2019. Since then, more than 132 million people caught the virus. Meanwhile, 2.8 million lost their lives to Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The world should cope with the Covid-19 related neurological disorders
“The world should prepare to deal with the high numbers of neurological and psychiatric disorders caused by the virus based on the findings,” stated Professor Paul Harrison. Harrison is the lead author of the study from the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University
“These are real-world data from a large number of patients. They confirm the high rates of psychiatric diagnoses after Covid-19 and show serious disorders affecting the nervous system (such as stroke and dementia) occur too. While the latter are much rarer, they are significant, especially in those who had severe Covid-19,” he noted.