COVID-19 is four times more common in schizophrenia patients than it is for those with the same condition. However, COVID-19 deaths are triple as likely for people without the condition. The study also found that COVID-19 death rates are higher among individuals with mood disorders and anxiety.

  • New research shows that people who have a mental disorder may be at greater risk for dying due to COVID-19.
  • Research has shown that schizophrenia sufferers are three times more likely to succumb to COVID-19 than the general population.
  • A person with a mood disorder, anxiety or other mental illness is three times more likely to contract the deadly virus.
  • Social isolation was a major factor in the 10% lower risk of contracting the virus among people with mood disorders or schizophrenia. 

New research shows that Americans who have certain mental disorders may be at greater risk from COVID-19-related death.

University of Texas researchers found that schizophrenia sufferers are more likely to succumb to Covid than the rest of the population.

Additionally. The virus is almost three times more common in people with anxiety and mood disorders than it is for those without such conditions. 

Researchers believe that COVID-19 is more common in people suffering from psychiatric conditions.

People who suffer from psychiatric disorders are at an increased risk of dying from COVID-19, a new study finds. People with schizophrenia are 3.74 times as likely to die than the average person, and those with mood disorders or anxiety are more than twice as likely (file photo)

New research shows that those with mental disorders have a higher risk of COVID-19 death. Schizophrenia patients are three times more likely to die than the general population. People suffering from mood disorders and anxiety are twice as likely.

Researchers gathered data on 2.5 million Americans for their research, which was published Tuesday in JAMA Network Open.

There were 3,350 people with schizophrenia among them, 26610 who had mood disorders, and 18550 suffering from anxiety.

They also compared the mortality and infectivity rates between the two groups to those of the general public.

Covid was found to have a 10 percent higher incidence in those with schizophrenia or mood disorders.

The research team concluded that these rates could be affected by social isolation and a lower exposure to SARS-CoV-2.

Anxiety sufferers were shown to be at five times the risk of developing the virus than the general population.

The data was then modified by researchers to account for patients’ likelihood of death from Covid due not to their mental disorders, like their age or any other conditions.

They found that schizophrenia sufferers were three times more likely than the general population to succumb to Covid after this adjustment.

The study found that 8 percent of the schizophrenics who had contracted Covid died from it.

The risk of dying was higher for all Schizophrenic individuals last year. Only 1.4 percent of the population had this same rate. 

People who had a mood disorder were 276 times more likely than others to get sick from the virus. Those with anxiety were at a 2.39-fold higher risk.  

Covid doesn’t usually consider mental disorders to be a co-morbidity. However, this study might have highlighted a problem in medical treatment. 

‘This study’s findings suggest the need to foster recognition of pandemic risks on specific groups of patients with psychiatric conditions, and may drive alternative approaches to COVID-19 disease testing and interventions to improve clinical outcomes,’ researchers wrote. 

Comorbidities, which are generally a medical condition that a person has and can affect the body’s ability to deal with the virus, could be a weakening of their immune system.

Nearly 44 million Americans have a mental disorder. The research shows that the virus is more common than previously believed.

Research also showed that those with mental disorders are more likely to have a comorbidity.

The study found that those who had any of the three mental disorders were more likely have diabetes, hypertension or other chronic conditions.