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A third of Covid-19 survivors suffer 'brain disease,' study shows

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 21: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Clinicians care for COVID-19 patients in a makeshift ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center on January 21, 2021 in Torrance, California. The hospital is over its ICU capacity due to the coronavirus and has been forced to treat multiple COVID-19 patients who require ICU level care together in converted rooms which were designed for lower levels of care. California has become the first state in the nation to record 3 million known COVID-19 infections. Los Angeles County reported more than 250 COVID-19 fatalities on January 21. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(CNN)As many as one in three people infected with Covid-19 have longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, researchers reported Tuesday.

(CNN)As many as one in three people infected with Covid-19 have longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, researchers reported Tuesday.

They found 34% of Covid-19 survivors received a diagnosis for a neurological or psychological condition within six months of their infection, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal Lancet Psychiatry.

"Our results indicate that brain diseases and psychiatric disorders are more common after Covid-19 than after flu or other respiratory infections, even when patients are matched for other risk factors.

They observed that those with Covid-19 had a 44% increased risk for neurological and psychiatric illness compared to people recvering from flu.

"Patients that had Covid-1919 might be more likely to have a neurological and psychiatric diagnosis, simply because they received more follow up, more medical attention, compared to patients with the respiratory tract infections.

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