Published: 15 February 2021 at 08:44
Mental health concerns flagged by 48% of those testing positive in new study
Almost half of people testing positive for coronavirus have reported symptoms of depression, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Researchers from Bangladesh, the United States and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in the UK carried out a cross-sectional survey of more than 1,000 Bangladeshi adult coronavirus patients over the course of one month.
A total of 48% of respondents were categorised as having moderate to severe depression, with a higher prevalence in those with persistent symptoms, low family income and poor health status.
A fifth of those surveyed reported having persistent COVID-19 symptoms, the most common of these being diarrhoea and fatigue. Around a quarter of patients had attempted to self-medicate their symptoms with over-the-counter medicines, rather than contact health services.
Co-author Professor Shahina Pardhan, Director of Anglia Ruskin University's Vision and Eye Research Institute, said:
Our COVID-19 research group is exploring the effects of lockdown on mental health, working to develop rapid coronavirus tests, and testing new drug combinations to reduce complications arising from COVID-19.
We know that COVID-19 has affected everyone in different ways, and we're here to support our students and University community. For students, we have a variety of wellbeing workshops and our Counselling and Wellbeing team are available to talk. We've also introduced two new support funds.