Risk of neurological problems can last up to 2 years after diagnosis, new study shows

For months, scientists have been studying the impacts of Covid-19 on the neurological abilities of infected people, namely the emergence of dementia, cognitive difficulties, epilepsy or psychotic disorders.

However, a study published this week in the scientific journal ‘Lancet’ reveals that the risk of patients who contracted the disease to develop psychic and neuronal disorders remains high even two years after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

The group of scientists from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, in the United Kingdom, analyzed data from almost 1.5 million people who were infected with the new coronavirus.

Compared to a control group made up of people diagnosed with non-Covid respiratory diseases, research showed that Covid patients were 36 times more likely to be affected by cognitive impairment and 33 times more likely to develop dementia six months after being diagnosed with it. the infection by the coronavirus.

The study also reveals that there is a greater risk that, just weeks after being diagnosed with Covid-19, patients will develop temper and anxiety problems.

In pediatric patients infected with Covid-19, scientists were able to realize that the likelihood of developing problems such as cognitive deficit and insomnia were higher, when compared to non-Covid patients.

However, this high risk returned to normal after two months, but the risk of being affected by conditions such as epilepsy remained high even two years after the diagnosis of the infection.

Science has already shown that Covid-19 leaves marks even after people have overcome the infection, such as chronic fatigue, muscle weakness, hair loss, erectile dysfunction and heart disease. The presence of symptoms that extend beyond the infection is called “Long Covid”, something that the scientific community is still trying to understand how it develops and manifests.