American scientists conducted a study among patients with various mental illnesses infected with coronavirus and found that people with schizophrenia are about 2.7 times more likely to die from COVID-19.
The corresponding conclusions of specialists are published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. It is noted that during the analysis, medical records of over 26.5 thousand people from New York were studied in the period from March to May last year, among them more than 7.3 thousand people were sick with the coronavirus.
Experts decided to divide patients with mental illness into three categories – with disorders of the schizophrenic spectrum, affective and anxiety disorders, comparing the outcome of their illness with other coronavirus patients who did not have such disorders.
As a result, out of more than 7 thousand infected with the new coronavirus, 75% suffered from schizophrenia, 564 showed affective disorders, and another 360 showed anxiety. In total, about 860 COVID patients have died or were transferred to hospices within 45 days of diagnosis.
So scientists came to the conclusion that people with schizophrenia are almost three times more likely to die from coronavirus.
Earlier, WHO reported a record number of deaths from coronavirus infection over the past week – up to 96 thousand people. In the world, the number of cases has reached 99,864,391; since the beginning of the pandemic, 2,149,700 people have died.