Scientists red-flag huge mental illness risk in Covid-19 patients

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Scientists red-flag huge mental illness risk in Covid-19 patients

One in five are likely to develop illness, while those with existing issues are at higher risk of contracting the virus

Kate Kelland

Many Covid-19 survivors are likely to be at greater risk of developing mental illness, psychiatrists said on Monday, after a large study found 20% of those infected are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within 90 days.

Anxiety, depression and insomnia were most common among recovered patients in the study and the researchers also found significantly higher risks of dementia.

“People have been worried that Covid-19 survivors will be at greater risk of mental health problems and our findings ... show this to be likely,” said Paul Harrison, a professor of psychiatry at Britain’s Oxford University...

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