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New study finds COVID-19 patients more likely to develop mental illness

Among them, anxiety, depression and insomnia were the most common consequences of the virus.
Mental health and wellness during COVID-19
Mental health and wellness during COVID-19(WCJB)
Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 8:16 PM CST
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LONDON, England (WIFR) - Medical experts say the strain of the coronavirus pandemic is now affecting people’s emotional well-being.

A new study has found that one in five people with COVID-19 develop mental illness within 90 days of contracting the virus.

Researchers at Oxford University looked at electronic health records of 69 million Americans, 62,000 of whom tested positive for COVID-19. Among them, anxiety, depression and insomnia were the most common consequences of the virus. Those that already had a pre-existing mental illness were 65% more likely to contract the virus, as well.

“A lot of that time and effort is spent talking about COVID-19, so really the other pandemic that is going on at the same time, such as suicide, gets put on the back burner,” said Dr. Oday Alsarraf. “Eventually it’s going to catch up to everyone because the numbers are alarming.”

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