‘Ghost’ of Covid-19

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec8,2023 #Covid #Ghost
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Eleanor, 35 years old, had to be treated for anxiety disorder after contracting Covid-19 even though her mental health was completely normal before.

`The manager said I didn’t have Covid-19 because I didn’t have a persistent cough for an hour. The general doctor said I just had anxiety,` Eleanor shared.

Without the initial testing, her condition became more and more serious, Eleanor coughed up mucus from her lungs.

At week 8, Eleanor still had a fever.

Having had Covid-19 symptoms since March, Sophie, 26 years old, living in Hampshire, had panic attacks all day.

`Every day I wonder if I can continue to live, even though there are many other patients who are sicker than me and have to be hospitalized and given breathing support,` Sophie said.

Sophie is still taking psychological medication even though she has recovered from Covid-19 for several months.

Many Covid-19 patients have mental problems such as paranoia, depression, and insomnia after recovering from the disease.

Jane, 66, living in the Welsh borders, experienced the most severe depression of her 15 years of illness.

`I used to suffer from depression but was able to overcome it by taking care of myself, eating good food, and getting fresh air. This time is different,` Jane said.

According to Jane’s doctor, all of her depressive symptoms stemmed from having Covid-19.

According to research by Oxford University scientists published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry on November 10, about 20% of Covid-19 patients experience mental disorders after three months of illness.

`People are still worried that patients recovering from Covid-19 are at risk of mental problems. Our study proves this can happen,` said Paul Harrison, professor of psychiatry at Oxford.

He emphasized that doctors and scientists around the world need to urgently find the causes and treatment directions for mental problems after Covid-19.

Mental health experts not part of the research team said the findings strengthen evidence that Covid-19 can affect the brain and mind, increasing the risk of mental disorders.

`The cause is a combination of stressors related to the pandemic and the physical effects of the illness,` explains Michael Bloomfield, a consultant psychiatrist at University College London.

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