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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