An astonishing study showed that approx. one in three COVID-19 survivors was diagnosed with either a brain or psychiatric disorder within six months of receiving COVID-19.
The shockingly high rate of brain and psychiatric disorders in COVID-19 patients suggests that 10 million Americans (out of the 30 million who have received COVID-19) could have psychological consequences in the coming years. It prophesies an impending social crisis for which American society is unprepared.
In an article published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry, researchers revealed that out of more than 230,000 COVID-19 patients (most of them from the United States) developed approx. one in three (33.6%) have either neurological or psychiatric problems. This figure increased to 38.7% for patients admitted to the hospital, 46.4% for those admitted to an intensive care unit and 62.3% for those diagnosed with encephalopathy (a term referring to any disease that alters the structure or function of your brain).
Although the researchers were unable to determine how COVID-1
“These findings are worrying and suggest that COVID-19 is associated with a higher degree of long-term psychological and neurological complications than has been observed in other respiratory diseases such as influenza,” Dr. Russell Medford, president of the Center for Global Health Innovation and the Global Health Crisis Coordination Center, told Salon via email. “To develop effective therapeutic, behavioral, and public health interventions, this study underscores the urgent need for further scientific and medical research to gain a better understanding of the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms of COVID-19 that may affect brain function and human behavior.”
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, wrote to Salon that researchers already know that “this virus causes significant impairment in several bodily organs in addition to the lungs. These often include the heart kidneys, blood system and brain. The exact mechanisms are not well understood but is under intensive study. “When it comes to neurological effects, it had already been established that these range” from targeted functions such as temporary but prolonged loss of taste and smell to prolonged episodes of headache, debilitating physical fatigue or muscle weakness and difficulty thinking clearly (brain fog). “
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He added that survivors would need supportive care in the future, pointing out that “there are some studies looking at the use of monoclonal antibodies to see if they can stop or reverse some of the neurological symptoms. Scattered reports of post-vaccination improvements have also been reported but these are not essential. “
“There are two separate problems: one is psychiatric and the other is neurological,” Dr. William Haseltine, a biologist known for his work in confronting the HIV / AIDS epidemic, in fighting anthrax and in advancing our knowledge of the human genome. Salon. After noticing that the new article focuses more on psychological issues than neurological ones, Haseltine observed that researchers have already learned that COVID-19 can damage your brain.
“It’s not necessarily infection in the brain, but it’s disruption of blood flow to the brain and inflammation of the veins and arteries that serve the brain that leads to neurological damage,” Haseltine explained. “There is considerable evidence that this is happening.” He said that researchers also know that “COVID-19 causes many blood clots. It’s almost like what happens to the heart-lung machine. And that means it sends many micro-clots up into several organs. The most important for us in this case the brain is. And you get a lot of microcoagulation in the brain for people who have had severe and severe COVID-19. “He said this is not typical of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID- 19, but also with many other viruses.