When it comes to covid-19, many people focus on the risk of death, ignoring many of the complications many survivors experience after recovery - some of them long-term.A new study from Oxford Brooks University has found that a significant number of survivors of cowid-19 face short-term and long-term cognitive and mental problems in addition to their initial illness.
The new study is a reassessment of previously published studies on COVID-19 patients, one of which aims to determine the possible effects of New Coronavirus on the health of survivors. The results are worrisome, revealing a potentially major public health problem that could affect a large number of people in the future.
When it comes to short-term cognitive problems, the study found that the main problems involved attention disorders reported by 45% of patients and memory problems reported by 13 to 28% of patients. Most of the patients with cowid-19 have PTSD, and a considerable number of patients have depression and other mental health conditions. The problem continues, with some patients facing long-term brain health problems, most of which are found to involve fatigue and emotional disorders.
In addition, up to half of the patients reported long-term memory problems and nearly half reported long-term attention problems. However, more research is needed in the coming months to understand the long-term impact of covid-19 and how it affects public health in the coming years.
Dr Sanjay Kumar of Oxford Brooks University explains:
It is important to understand the neuropsychiatric and cognitive consequences of covid-19 because millions of people are affected by the virus, and many cases have not been found. These situations affect people's ability to work effectively, drive, manage finances, make informed decisions and participate in daily family activities. Even if only a small number of patients have neuropsychiatric complications, it will have a significant impact on public health services.