(HealthDay)—People suffering from a psychiatric disorder could be more than twice as likely to die if they become infected with COVID-19, a new study suggests.
Folks diagnosed with any type of psychiatric problem—anxiety or depression, dementia, psychosis—were up to 2.3 times more likely to die in the hospital from COVID-19, researchers found.
“Those who had COVID who had a prior psychiatric diagnosis had a higher mortality,” said lead researcher Dr. Luming Li. She’s an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and medical director of clinical operations at the Yale New Haven Health System.
Li and her colleagues tracked the health of 1,685 patients hospitalized at Yale New Haven Health, a five-hospital system in Connecticut, between February and April. Of those patients, 28% had received a psychiatric diagnosis prior to hospitalization.
People who’d struggled with a mental problem were more likely to die, particularly early in