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New research: Study suggests delirium can predict Covid-19 in the elderly

A delirium diagnosis was the main presenting symptom for 16% of those patients, and 37% had no typical COVID-19 symptoms.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 22, 2020 2:10:19 pm
The new study examined 817 elderly patients of Covid-19. The researchers found that almost a third of the patients had delirium. (Source: Thinkstock)

A new study supports evidence that delirium can predict coronavirus infection in older patients who show no other typical symptoms of Covid-19.

Published in the journal JAMA Network Open, the study is by researchers at Hebrew SeniorLife, a healthcare, education and research facility affiliated to Harvard Medical School.

Delirium is an acute state of confusion, marked by disorientation, lack of attention etc. Even beyond Covid-19, delirium is a common symptom in older adults with severe disease. And in Covid-19, adults aged 65 years and older are at greatest risk of severe disease, and death. 📣 Express Explained is now on Telegram

The new study examined 817 elderly patients of Covid-19. The researchers found that almost a third of the patients had delirium.

A delirium diagnosis was the main presenting symptom for 16% of those patients, and 37% had no typical COVID-19 symptoms. Delirium was the sixth most common presenting symptoms in all patients.

The researchers stressed the importance of including delirium on the checklist of Covid-19 symptoms.

Source: Hebrew SeniorLife

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