Covid-19 increases risk of psychiatric diagnoses in the months after infection

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New research shows that people who recovered from Covid-19 had an estimated 25% increased risk of developing a psychiatric disorder in the four months after infection.  

The study published in World Psychiatry investigated the risk of mental health disorders after infection with Covid-19.

The researchers used data from the US National Covid Cohort Collaborative of 46 610 people who had Covid-19, and compared it to people who were diagnosed with a different respiratory tract infection. The study's authors then looked at how Covid specifically affected patients' mental health. The participants did not have a history of mental health disorders.

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