Life after COVID, for some patients, has not been kind.
A study of more than 236,000 Americans who contracted COVID-19 last year has found one in three developed a psychiatric or neurological condition. In addition, one in fifty of those who became seriously ill were diagnosed with dementia within six months – which could have been present before COVID-19 but went undiagnosed.
The most common disorders were mood disorders (14 per cent) and anxiety (17 per cent). Seven per cent of patients admitted to intensive care suffered a stroke.
The research, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, suggests the results could have a profound impact on the demand for mental health services and other medical care when the pandemic abates.