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The psychological sequelae of Covid-19 very common after infection


DECRYPTION – Psychiatrists are concerned about the resurgence of depressive and anxiety disorders in recovered patients.

The respiratory and cardiac sequelae are the most anticipated. But patients who have been infected with Covid-19 are also at risk of experiencing, in the weeks following their recovery, states of mental suffering. Anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances: several studies indicate that these disorders are very common after infection with the coronavirus, much more than in the general population.

A study of medical data collected between January and August from 69 million Americans suggests that this is not an epiphenomenon. According to this work published in early November by The Lancet, nearly 20% of the 62,000 identified Covid patients developed, within 90 days of their diagnosis, anxiety disorders or insomnia. Almost a third of them had never been treated for mental disorders. “This study shows a statistical association between infection by Covid and the occurrence of disorders, without

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