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People who have contracted COVID-19 are more likely to develop some type of psychiatric and neurological problems up to two years later, according to a new study.

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Up to two years after infection, people who have had COVID-19 have an increased risk for neurological and psychiatric conditions like psychosis, dementia, epilepsy, and “brain fog,” according to new research.

Researchers at Oxford University conducted a new, large-scale study, and they discovered that people with COVID-19 had higher rates of various neurological and psychological issues compared to people who had recovered from a respiratory infection.

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Using a control group, the researchers were able to determine how likely COVID-19 was to cause a variety of neurological and psychiatric outcomes up to two years after the index SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Over 1.25 million COVID-19 patients, including children and the elderly, were compared to 1.25 million people who had a respiratory infection during the same period in order to assess the risks of 14 different disorders. The United States of America provided the bulk of the records used for analysis.

When comparing COVID-19 patients to patients with other respiratory infections, the study found that there were 640 cases of brain fog (a condition associated with confusion or forgetfulness) per 10,000 COVID-19 patients aged 64 and under.

Anxiety and depression were found to be more common among adults who had recovered from COVID-19, though rates normalized to levels seen in people with other respiratory infections after two months.

Meanwhile, up to two years after a COVID-19 infection, children were found to be twice as likely to develop epilepsy or seizures compared to those who had respiratory infections.

The research acknowledged some caveats, including that it didn’t measure how persistent or severe the disorders were.

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Two years after the start of the pandemic, scientists have started gathering more evidence on the lasting effects of COVID-19. Scientists from the National Institutes of Health have recently brought attention to the need for additional research into the root causes of the long-lasting effects of a COVID-19 infection.

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