A major scientific study published on Tuesday revealed that one in three people infected with covid-19 has long-term mental or neurological health symptoms.
Researchers found that 34 percent of survivors of the novel coronavirus received a diagnosis of a neurological or psychological condition within six months of infection, according to the study published by the medical journal The Lancet.
The most common diagnosis was anxiety, experienced by 17 percent of covid-19 survivors, followed by Mood Disorders, found in 14 percent of HIV survivors.
The findings help illustrate the importance of continued health care systems in helping covid-19 survivors, the researchers said.
Maxim Tackett, Academic Fellow in psychiatry at the University of Oxford and one of the authors of the new report, explained that the results of the research “suggest that brain diseases and mental disorders are more common after covid-19 than are caused by the flu or other respiratory infections,” adding, “We now need to see what happens after six months.”
The study found that neurological effects are more severe among patients treated in hospitals, but are also common in those who received outpatient medical care only.
The research is the largest of its kind, based on electronic medical records of more than 236,000 patients, mostly in the United States, and provides a comprehensive view of the long-term burden the virus causes to those who have contracted it.
In February, researchers followed 381 patients treated for covid-19 at a hospital in Rome, Italy, and found that 30 percent of them suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following their recovery.