Mental health problems for patients infected with a coronavirus (search done on 10 April 2020)

Added July 30, 2020

Citation: Rogers JP, Chesney E, Oliver D, et al. Psychiatric and neuropsychiatric presentations associated with severe coronavirus infections: a systematic review and meta-analysis with comparison to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lancet Psychiatry. 2020 Jul;7(7):611-27.

What is this? Some patients with COVID-19 develop psychiatric and neuropsychiatric problems.

In this rapid review, the authors searched for studies on the psychiatric presentations of patients infected with a coronavirus (SARS, MERS and SARS-CoV-2). They restricted their searches to articles and preprints published in English and did the most recent search on 10 April 2020. They included 72 studies (total: 3559 coronavirus cases).

What was found: At the time of this review, the included studies showed that signs suggestive of delirium are common in the acute stage of SARS, MERS and COVID-19.

At the time of this review, the included studies showed the possibility of depression, anxiety, fatigue, post-traumatic stress disorder and rare neuropsychiatric syndromes in the long term for patients infected with a coronavirus.


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