News: The Risk of Severe Covid 19 and Mood Disorders

If you have a mood disorder such as bipolar, you may find the current research on Covid 19 very relevant. You have a greater risk of severe Covid 19 if you have a mood disorder, which is why it is vital you get a vaccination. The research conclusion is quite startling and should be carefully considered by those with a mood disorder.

According to Jama Psychiatry, the research shows there is a greater risk for hospitalisation and death. This sounds very scary; however, if you are vaccinated and get a booster shot, your risk will be reduced.

Mood disorders have been added to some countries lists for booster shots; this is in line with the current research. Other conditions on the list include those with cancer to immunocompromised and those that are obese to pregnancy.

It is hoped that adding mood disorders to the list will save lives.

Why Are People With Mood Disorders Affected More?

Research has noted that those with mood disorders have lower immune functions and, based on socio-economic factors, they also play a part. The lower immune function would make it more difficult to fight infection without the aid of a vaccination.

There is also the question of whether those in the lower-income bracket are more likely to be exposed to Covid 19 through their work situations?

What Can You Do?

If you have a mood disorder, make sure you work with your doctor to have all the latest medical advice and ensure you have the vaccination and get it topped up with the booster jab.

As you and I are more at risk, wear your mask when in enclosed spaces with others.

Make use of antibacterial gels.

If you have company at your home, make sure you open a window to allow for ventilation and if you are at someone else’s home, ask if they could open a window.

What Are They Symptoms of Coronavirus?

  • A high temperature, when you feel hot to touch
  • A new continuous cough
  • A change in your sense of smell and taste
  • You may experience a headache and/or other aches and pains.

If you think you have the symptoms of Covid, make sure you follow your countries protocol with getting a test and staying in isolation.

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Lou Farrell

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