A study by some foreign medical scientists has revealed that between 23 to 26 percent of the patients who recover from Covid-19 suffer mental illness, depression and anxiety.

Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine, who confirmed the report, said yesterday that those who had recovered from Covid-19 are more likely to be tired or feel less energetic and some were more receptive to recurrence of the coronavirus infection.

She added that the case depends on the individual’s organism which responds and develops differently, especially the individual’s immune response to the disease and also the situation in which the individual undergoes the condition mild or severe illness.

Vandine also said that some case studies have also shown that residual symptoms can persist for up to a year after recovering from Covid-19 such as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing or feeling short of breath, persistent coughing, aching joints, may have chest pain.

She added some have memory problems and insomnia, headaches, a faster heartbeat, depression, despair and anxiety.

“The above symptoms may take time between six and 12 months or maybe shorter to overcome or it can worsen or not go away depending on the continued care of the person who has recovered from Covid-19, exercise as well as relaxation and living environment,” Vandine said.

She added that it was especially important to avoid re-infection of Covid-19, which can adversely affect any individual organ, such as the nervous system, heart, liver, and kidneys.

She said that scientists have not yet been able to confirm what other significant effects the individual’s body has on those recovered from Covid-19 and how long it will last.

She warned people to be careful of getting infected with the Omicron variant as it spreads very fast to the human body and it cannot be overlooked because Covid-19 is not a common cold or simple disease.

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