Certain symptoms, from trouble breathing to the loss of taste and smell, have become well-known hallmarks of COVID since the onset of the pandemic. However, as experts learn more about how the virus behaves, they’ve come to realize that COVID’s symptoms extend well beyond the most frequently reported physical manifestations of the disease. In many cases, COVID patients experience pronounced, and long-lasting, cognitive impairments related to the virus. Read on to discover what researchers found to be the most common cognitive or mental health issue associated with COVID. And if you’re worried about your risk of catching the virus, This Blood Type Makes You More Likely to Catch COVID, New Study Says.
According to a March 2020 research article published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, researchers at U.K.-based Oxford Brookes University found that there’s one symptom that affects the vast majority of COVID patients: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
Citing a preprint of a study accepted for publication in the March 2020 volume of Psychological Medicine, the article’s authors noted that up to 96 percent of medically stable study subjects with a COVID diagnosis experienced PTSD.
“Understanding the neuropsychiatric and cognitive consequences of COVID-19 is important as millions of people have been affected by the virus, and many cases go undetected. These conditions affect people’s capacity to work effectively, drive, manage finances, make informed decisions and participate in daily family activities,” explained Sanjay Kumar, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Oxford Brookes University, and the study’s lead author, in a statement.
That wasn’t the only significant symptom experienced by COVID patients, however; read on to discover what 10 separate studies found to be the most common long- and short-term cognitive and neurological effects experienced by COVID survivors. And if you’re getting your shot soon, Doctors Want You to “Be Prepared” for This Delayed Vaccine Side Effect.
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