How Covid affected the brain of its victims research shows

One in three people who have suffered from Covid-19 has been diagnosed with a neurological or psychiatric condition within six months of infection, according to scientists who have carried out the largest study of the mental health effects of coronavirus. ⁠

They found that Covid-19 was 44% more likely to cause neurological and mental health problems than a case of influenza of comparable severity. ⁠

Anxiety and mood disorders were the most common mental diagnoses, and neurological diagnoses such as stroke and dementia were rarer but not uncommon in those who had been seriously ill.⁠

‘Although the individual risks for most disorders are small, the effect across the whole population may be substantial for health and social care systems due to the scale of the pandemic and the fact that many of these conditions are chronic,’ said Paul Harrison, professor of psychiatry at Oxford university and the project leader.⁠

Source @financialtimes

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