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Coronavirus Patients Experience ‘Terrifying’ Delirium

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Coronavirus patients are suffering from episodes of delirium, delusion and paranoia according to multiple reports. Johns Hopkins University professor of public health, Dr. Marty Makary, said these episodes are common in intensive care units or ICU’s.

“It is common in the ICU,” he told Fox News. “When people are in ICU, they’re hearing beeps and alarms and people coming in to stick you with needles, you lose a sense of reality, you lose sense of day and night and people get delirious.”

Makary said that a study published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that two-thirds of COVID-19 patents — including young people — have delirium and paranoia. He added that the longer a person stays in ICU, the more likely he or she is to suffer delirium.

Some of the reasons for COVID-induced delirium include being on a ventilator, poor sleep and heavy sedatives, according to Fox News.

According to The New York Times, hospital delirium, as the phenomenon is called, was most often seen in older patients, some of whom already had dementia. But once again, COVID-19 has changed the landscape. Now, hospitals are witnessing young people with the disorder.

Reports from hospitals and researchers show that about two-thirds to three-quarters of coronavirus patients in ICU’s have experienced it in some way. And experts say that while the experiences aren’t just terrifying, they may have long lasting detrimental effects, increasing the risk for depression or post-traumatic stress.

“There’s increased risk for temporary or even permanent cognitive defects,” Dr. Lawrence Kaplan, director of consultation liaison psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center told the Times. “It’s actually more devastating

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