Study Finds 33% Likelihood of COVID Survivors Developing Mental Illness


A new study out of Oxford University found that “the likelihood of a COVID-19 survivor developing a psychiatric or neurological illness within six months was 33.6 percent.”

What’s more, the study – “Six-month Neurological and Psychiatric Outcomes in 236,379 Survivors of COVID-19” – found that one in eight people who have recovered from the virus are diagnosed with their first psychiatric or neurological illness within six months of testing positive.

“The numbers rose to one in three when people with a previous history of psychiatric or neurological illnesses were included,” the New York Post added.

The study also found that one in nine patients were diagnosed with conditions including depression or stroke despite not having gone to a hospital while infected.

The study, which is awaiting peer review, used “electronic health records to evaluate hospitalized and non-hospitalized US patients with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who recovered.”

Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is freelance reporter.

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