- Covid-19 may increase the risk of developing a psychiatric disorder in the months after infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to a US study published in the World Psychiatry journal.
- Researchers at the Oregon State University (OSU) found that Covid-19 patients had about 25% increased risk of developing a psychiatric disorder in the four months following their infection, compared with people who had other types of respiratory tract infections.
- The study: Researchers used data from the National Covid Cohort Collaborative (N3C) to match 46,610 Covid positive individuals with patients who were diagnosed with a different respiratory tract infection so they could compare how Covid-19 specifically affected patients’ mental health.
- They looked at the rate of psychiatric diagnoses for two time periods: from 21 to 120 days after patients’ Covid diagnosis, and from 120 to 365 days after diagnosis, limited to patients with no previous mental illness.
- Findings: They found that Covid patients had a 3.8% rate of developing a psychiatric disorder compared with 3.0% for other respiratory tract infections.
- The 0.8% difference amounts to about a 25% increased relative risk, the researchers said.
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