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Covid is not more likely to cause depression than other respiratory infections, study claims

Covid is no more likely to cause depression, anxiety or other psychological issues than separate serious infections, a major study claims.

Oxford University researchers found the rates of psychiatric disorders were ‘similar’ among people hospitalised with Covid and people admitted for other respiratory illnesses.

They looked at around 17,000 patients admitted for Covid in England between January 2020 and July 2021 and matched them to 32,000 people admitted for a different respiratory infection between 2015 and 2020.

The results were compared to baseline rates of psychiatric disorders among almost 8million members of the public. 

Results showed people who survived severe Covid were nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression a year after they left hospital compared to the…

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