The risk of developing neurological and psychiatric conditions in people infected with COVID-19 persists for up to two years after infection, according to new research.
CBS News cited research from the University of Oxford which found that COVID-19 survivors have an increased risk of developing neurological and mental health conditions within the first six months after infection.
The university’s newest study, published in Lancet Psychiatry, analyzed data from over a million patients who had been diagnosed with COVID-19.
In comparison to patients with other respiratory infections, those who had this infection had a higher risk of developing conditions like dementia, psychosis, seizures, and brain fog for up to two years afterwards.
Similarly, adults were at a higher risk of experiencing anxiety and depression. However, analysis showed that the conditions resolved themselves in under two months, with rates returning to normal after subsequent infections.
More diseases were linked to the Delta variant. Delta and Omicron both had the same risks of neurological and psychiatric disorders.
This is the first study of its kind to investigate the dangers posed by these conditions as new forms appear.
As an added bonus, it’s the first of its kind to focus on kids. Over the two years following COVID infection, researchers found that children were more likely to be diagnosed with certain conditions, such as seizures and psychotic disorders, despite the fact that they were less likely than adults to develop most neurological and psychiatric diagnoses.
The researchers stress that these conditions still pose a relatively low risk to the general population.
An increased risk of neurological conditions has been found in COVID-19 survivors, according to a new study.
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