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One In Five Covid-19 Patients Diagnosed With A Mental Illness

By December 17, 2020January 5th, 2021No Comments

In another worrying set of findings for the long-term impact of Covid-19, a new peer reviewed study has confirmed reported links between psychiatric illness and Covid-19, with nearly one in five Covid-19 patients developing a mental illness within three months of testing positive for the virus and those with pre-existing mental conditions being 65% more likely to be diagnosed with Covid-19, even accounting for other risk factors.

By examining the health records of 69 million people in the U.S., including over 62,000 Covid-19 patients, researchers from the University of Oxford and NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre found evidence that Covid-19 increases a person’s risk of developing psychiatric illness, with one in five receiving a diagnosis within three months of testing positive.

Covid-19 patients were compared to those with other medical issues — including those with other respiratory infections, bone fractures, flu and skin infections — over time to ensure any changes in psychiatric diagnoses could be linked with the infection.

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