Although infection with COVID won’t lead to severe illness for most people, we might need to pay attention to what happens after the recovery itself. That’s where things can get pretty rough, as a new study claims.
According to STLToday.com, a new and massive study of millions of health records claims that those who recover from COVID have significantly higher chances of dealing with mental health disorders. The list includes depression, anxiety, and even cognitive impairment.
Don’t neglect mild COVID illness
If you get infected with the coronavirus and develop barely noticeable symptoms, you might be tempted to say that it’s nothing to be afraid of. But even if you go through a mild form of illness due to COVID, you’re still at higher risk of developing mental health disorders, as the new study in question claims. And since depression is one of the biggest issues of our modern society, staying away from infection as much as possible is a great idea.
Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, who is the leader of the study and chief of research and development at the VA St. Louis Health Care System, declared as quoted by STLToday.com:
We knew that mental health of the U.S. population in general was affected by the pandemic, but we didn’t know what happened to people specifically with COVID-19, and did they really have it worse?
The increase of depression cases is as serious as it can be. The doctor said, as quoted by the same source:
We need to get them the treatments they need so this does not degenerate into a much larger crisis,
Just because of the enormity of COVID in the U.S., the numbers here represents really millions of people.
The new study was published in the BMJ medical journal.