Coronavirus survivors should be screened for PTSD

Doctors have said that people who were seriously ill in hospital with coronavirus need to be urgently screened for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Led by University College London, the Covid Trauma Response Working Group warned that those who had been in intensive care were most at risk and that the government should ensure that regular check ups should last at least a year.

Currently, more than 100,000 people have been treated in hospital for the virus. The experts from the working group say that  tens of thousands of these would have been seriously ill enough to be at risk of PTSD.

University College London highlighted research which showed that 30 per cent of patients who had suffered severe illnesses in infectious disease outbreaks in the past had gone on to develop PTSD, while depression and anxiety problems were also common.

Psychiatrist Dr Michael Bloomfield  said the unique nature of the pandemic, which meant patients were isolated from their family while in hospital, could also make the problems worse.

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