Survivors of coronavirus might have lingering mental health issues
LONDON – A new study from University College in London suggests survivors of coronavirus might deal with lingering mental health issues.
British researchers looked at over 3,500 patients who were hospitalized with COVID-19, SARS or MERS. SARS and MERS were two other coronavirus epidemics. They found that in the short-term, delirium, confusion and agitation were common in those hospitalized with the infections.
However, nearly three years after the acute stage of their illness, one-third of SARS and MERS survivors had post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Another 15% experienced depression almost two years after being sick.
The scientists say while there is no long-term data available for COVID-19 patients, doctors should still be aware of the possible issues that came out of their coronavirus epidemics.