Many people with covid-19 have neurological or psychiatric symptoms

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Covid-19 seems to have various possible effects in the brain

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Neurological and psychiatric symptoms such as anosmia and depression are common among people with covid-19 and may be just as likely in people with mild cases, new research suggests.

Evidence from 215 studies of people with covid-19 indicates a wide range of ways in which the condition can affect mental health and the brain.

The studies, from 30 countries, involved a total of 105,638 people with acute symptoms of covid-19 – the initial illness, rather than the longer-term impacts seen in long covid – including data up to July 2020.

“We had expected that neurological and psychiatric symptoms would be more common in severe covid-19 cases, but…

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