Although COVID-19 infection behaves like flu in most cases, it can also lead to awful complications. Damaging mental health is one of those aftermaths that we should never neglect, not to mention that the coronavirus already killed over 1.8 million people worldwide.
What can be worse: dying or being a prisoner in your own body? We might never find out for sure the answer to such a big question, but we should never cease to try. There’s a long list of awful symptoms for COVID-19 illness except for the classical ones like cough, fatigue, headaches, or fever. Depression, brain fog, gastrointestinal problems, and even teeth loss can also be among the horrible repercussions of getting infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Beware of psychotic problems
If you experience psychotic symptoms such as delusion, hearing voices, paranoia, violence, hallucinations, or homicidal ideation, there’s a chance you’re infected with COVID-19. Yahoo.com brings this awful news, writing that a new feature from The New York Times reveals that doctors spoke about instances of patients experiencing psychotic symptoms after their recovery from COVID-19 illness.
Furthermore, for the psychotic problems to occur, there’s not even mandatory to suffer from any sort of mental illness before getting COVID-19. Even patients with mild cases can get the unusual and horrifying mental issues. According to the New York Times report, those who manifest psychotic symptoms after COVID-19 illness are usually aged between 30 and 50 years old.
Experts failed to identify an exact cause of the psychotic manifestations that occur after COVID-19 for some patients. Instead, they’re betting on the body’s immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus or an inflammation.
Vilma Gabbay, MD, and also the co-director of the Psychiatry Research Institute from Montefiore Einstein, declared:
Some of the neurotoxins that are reactions to immune activation can go to the brain, through the blood-brain barrier, and can induce this damage.
We all would have expected that psychotic complications occur in elders’ case since they usually develop more severe COVID-19 illness. But once again, the pandemic virus is there to surprise us.
New strain of COVID-19 emerged
The UK is facing a new strain of COVID-19 that makes the coronavirus more infectious. A record number of 53,135 cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 were reported by the country yesterday, December 29.
According to Time.com, about 43% of Britain’s population, which means 24 million people, is under the Tier 4 level of restrictions. This means the country’s most strict COVID-19 restrictions. The citizens aren’t allowed to leave the house except for urgent needs like work, education, food, or medical help. Furthermore, an order to close has been issued for gyms, hairdressers, pools, and stores that sell nonessential goods.
There’s no reason for the moment to believe that the new strain makes the coronavirus stronger, and we can be sure that the vaccines can be as effective as possible. With the vaccine developed by Pfizer being approved in the US and in the entire European Union, the pandemic is slowly approaching its end. Other countries will also approve the drug, and many had already started the rollout for the population. Ursula von der Leyen, the President of The European Commission, declared:
COVID19 has changed our lives and brought tragedy.
But now there’s hope. The European Union has invested in the research & development of #COVID19 vaccines. We have secured doses for our entire population.
Vaccination will start soon. A European success story.
As for the moment, worldometers.info reveals that the coronavirus pandemic has infected a total of 82.5 million people across the world and killed 1.8 million of them. Thankfully, 58.5 million COVID-19 patients were recovered.