COVID-19 has turned all of our lives upside down. In the grip of illness on the one hand and isolation on the other, we all forgot to live life. Now everyone’s life is back on track. But Covid-19 still hasn’t left us behind. Covid has affected our mind so much that we have forgotten what a normal life is. Now that we are trying to adjust to this new normal, the side effects of COVID-19 are not allowing us to recover from this disease. A study by the Lancet, a leading health journal, revealed that post-Covid-19 neurological disorders can be seen in patients even after two years of recovery from Covid-19.
Yes… we all know how deadly the side effects of long covid can be. A person may never recover from them. In such a situation, a recent study came out that claims that even after 2 years of Kovid-19, a person remains at a higher risk of neurological and psychiatric conditions such as dementia and seizures.
Find out what this study found
The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry Journal, was prepared after reviewing the medical records of a total of more than 1.25 million patients. The study states that people who have recovered from Covid-19 in the first six months after infection have an increased risk of several neurological and mental health conditions. Because people suffering from respiratory problems, symptoms of depression and anxiety disappear late.
Harrison, lead author of the study, said: “The results have important implications for patients and health services, as they suggest that new cases of neurological conditions associated with COVID-19 infection may persist long after the pandemic subsides.”
How does it affect people of different age groups?
Adults aged 18 to 64 who had COVID-19 up to two years ago had a higher risk of cognitive deficits or ‘brain fog’ and muscle disease than those who had other respiratory infections up to two years ago.
In adults over 65, the incidence of ‘brain fog’, dementia and psychotic disorder was higher than in those who had previously had another respiratory infection.
Children were less likely than adults to develop neurological and psychiatric disorders after COVID-19. They had no greater risk of anxiety or depression than children with other respiratory infections.
Different variants have different risks
People who were infected with the delta variant of COVID-19 had a higher risk of anxiety, cognitive deficits, epilepsy or seizures, and ischemic stroke. Also, those affected by the Omicron variant were found to have a lower risk of dementia.