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Covid-19 Patients Are on Higher Risk of Brain Related Disorders, Study Says 

Experts suggest that Covid-19 patients generally acquire several life-long complications including mental health disorders. A recent study shows that the people who recover from coronavirus infection have a higher risk of developing brain-related issues including dementia, anxiety, and depression. 

This study conducted in the UK appeared recently in The Lancet journal. 

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According to this study, 18% of Covid-19 patients showed signs of mental health disorders. They developed dementia, anxiety, or depression within three months after coronavirus infection. Also, this number is nearly double as compared to those individuals who do not have coronavirus infection. 

Another recent survey in Ecuador shows that Cvodi-19 patients show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Researchers are constantly trying to understand the link between coronavirus infection and brain health-related issues. This recent study highlights some important facts that can help understand the link. 

A team of researchers from NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre and the University of Oxford studied 69 million individuals for their health records in the US. These individuals also included 62,000 Covid-19 patients. 

According to their evaluation, more or less than 6 percent of individuals with coronavirus infection experienced a mental health-related disorder in 3 months. Meanwhile, the people who did not have the coronavirus infection experienced no such psychiatric disorders over the 90 days. 

The Covid-19 patients in this study developed a mental health disorder for the first time. Also, the elderly coronavirus patients had a twice or thrice higher risk of dementia as compared to non-infected individuals. This study also shows that having a previous mental health disorder leads to an increased risk of Covid-19. Data shows that people with a mental health issue in the previous year of contracting Covid-19 had a 65 percent higher risk of infection. 

Coronavirus is a lethal virus that killed hundreds and thousands of individuals around the world. It is not a simple viral infection but also causes lifelong complications in the patients. This leads to a lot of mental trauma and stress among patients. Also, coronavirus patients have to live their lives in isolation until they test negative for the virus. This also takes a toll on the mental health of most patients. 

The widespread virus does not a definite treatment or vaccine available yet. This uncertainty of treatment also puts a lot of mental stress on the patients. The isolation and traumatic experience of coronavirus infection can cause several mental health-related issues among most people. 

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Patients with coronavirus live with several symptoms for months even after recovery. According to researchers, coronavirus not only targets the lungs but the other soft organs of the body as well. These include the brain and the heart. Previous reports suggest that people with coronavirus experience several neurological issues including cognitive issues, confusion, delirium, and dizziness. 

Researchers suggest that the coronavirus might interrupt the blood supply to the brain which leads to these neurological complications. The patient experiences swelling due to the interruption of blood supply and oxygen to brain tissues. However, these symptoms are only short-term and scientists believe that the Covid-19 patients recover after a few months. 

Bisma Nasar

Bisma is a website content writer and loves to read about advancements in biotechnology and Molecular biology. Her area of expertise include Microbiology, Genetics and Health related niches.

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