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People who have had COVID-19 may face increased risks of neurological and psychiatric conditions such as mental confusion, psychosis, seizures, and dementia up to two years after infection, according to a new large-scale study from the University of Oxford.
The research, published Wednesday in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, also found that the anxiety and depression were more common after COVIDalthough they generally remitted within two months of infection.
“The results have important implications for patients and health services, as they suggest that new cases of neurological conditions related to COVID-19 infection for a considerable time after the pandemic has subsided,” said the study’s lead author, Paul Harrison, a professor of psychiatry.
Covid affected the minds of some patients 6 months later
Last year an Oxford University study found that a third of COVID patients had experienced a psychiatric or neurological illness six months after infection.
For this latest study, researchers examined the risks of 14 different disorders in more than 1.25 million patients, from children to the elderly who were primarily in the US, two years after COVID infection.
They compared this information with the electronic records of some 1.25 million people affected by other respiratory infections for the same period.
The results showed that adults of Age 64 or younger who had had the coronavirus were at increased risk of mental confusion (640 cases per 10,000 people) compared to those who had had different respiratory infections (550 cases per 10,000 people).
There were 1,540 cases of brain fog per 10,000 people in patients aged 65 and over who had had COVID, compared to 1,230 cases per 10,000 for those with other respiratory infections.
Meanwhile, 450 cases of dementia per 10,000 people and 85 cases of psychotic disorders per 10,000 among patients over 65 years post-COVID were counted.
For other respiratory infections in this age group there were 330 cases per 10,000 for dementia and 60 cases per 10,000 for psychotic disorders. Furthermore, the researchers found that children were twice as likely to develop epilepsy or seizures (260 in 10,000) within two years of a COVID infection, compared to those who had had other respiratory infections (130 in 10,000). ).
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