Leading doctors say that people who have contracted coronavirus and are in serious condition in the hospital need to be urgently screened for post-traumatic stress disorder.
The COVID Trauma Response Working Group, led by University College London and involving experts from south-east England, said that patients who had been treated in the intensive care are more at risk of stress disorder.
Experts said that they should undergo regular checkups for a year.
According to the international news agency, more than 100,000 coronavirus patients have been treated in hospital. Tens of thousands of these patients are at risk of PTSD, experts say.
Experts mentioned research according to which 30% of the patients who had faced serious infectious illness in the past had gone to suffer PTSD. Depression and anxiety were also common.
UCL psychiatrist Dr. Michael Bloomfield, who is on the COVID working group, said that those patients who were treated in hospital will have a “very frightening and invasive” experience and have dealt with long-term complications.
He said that those patients were isolated from their families. That could also worsen the matter.
“We need to make sure we support these patients. Services in place are very variable. Failure to do more could have long-term consequences.”
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