According to a new study, long-term cognitive consequences after Covid 19 disease appear to occur more frequently after more severe courses of the disease. One in the trade journal Jama A study published in the USA shows that former patients with a corona hospital stay were affected many times more often in some areas than people who were treated on an outpatient basis.
Severe courses with hospitalization affected
There were particularly strong differences in word finding disorders: These occurred in 13 percent of outpatients, but in 35 percent of those treated in hospital. For attention problems it was 5 percent and 15 percent. Memory was impaired in 12 percent of outpatients and 39 percent of patients in hospital.
The study was created with data from 740 Covid-19 patients who were registered with the US hospital group Mount Sinai. 63 percent of the participants were women. Overall, the patients most often had problems memorizing or remembering something – this affected almost one in four people in the study. This was followed by problems with finding words or a generally slower speed in processing information. The study did not include any sick people without contact with medical staff.
The long-term cognitive effects of Covid-19 are part of a whole range of health ailments that former corona patients have to contend with. Over 200 symptoms are associated with it. There is a lot of overlap with illnesses that are difficult to grasp – for example with depression and psychosomatic illnesses. The transitions are fluid.