People who have contracted Covid-19 may continue to suffer from symptoms of the disease even when the virus is no longer in their body. Some suffer from fatigue, muscle weakness or sleep disorders. A study by researchers at the University of Oxford finds that a third of people who are survivors of Covid-19 even develop psychiatric and neurological symptoms .
Some of the patients who participated in this study are said to have dementia or psychosis. According to the results of this research, one in eight people who have overcome Covid-19 have received a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis within six months of testing positive. According to the researchers, patients who have been hospitalized for the disease are more likely to develop psychiatric disorders.ues.
Neurological complications, for their part, would be in part due to a lack of oxygen, a response immune system or brain infection caused by the virus.
A study of over 200,000 patients
As part of this study, the researchers reviewed the health records of 236,379 Coronavirus survivors in the U.S. They found that over the yearsx months after their infection, 33.6% of Covid-19 survivors received a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis.
13% of them received such a diagnosis for the first time in their life. This study also found that patients who have been hospitalized and those who have suffered from encephalopathy are more likely to develop mental illnesses. Among the symptoms cited by the researchers, we can cite strokes, intracranial hemorrhages, dementia and psychotic disorders.
Symptoms that persist
This study did not yet been peer reviewed. For now, researchers are trying to answer some questions about these psychiatric and neurological symptoms. In particular, they seek to determine how long they can persist in patients.
According to them, the duration of symptoms depends on their nature.
Experts fear that the psychiatric and neurological effectsthat of Covid-19 are permanent in some patients.