The study discovered that, contrary to popular belief, the Omicron variant is associated with similar neurological and psychiatric risks as Delta, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a variant of “The Delta variant was linked to more disorders than the Alpha variant. Omicron was linked to the same neurological and psychiatric risks as Delta “said the first large-scale study to look at the risk of neurological and mental health conditions following Covid-19 and to assess how the risks change as new variants emerge.
According to the researchers, children infected with the variant, were more likely to be diagnosed with certain conditions, such as seizures and psychotic disorders. The study looked at 14 neurological and psychiatric diagnoses from electronic health records in the United States over two years.
The study included 1,284,437 people with confirmed Sars-CoV-2 infection on or after January 20, 2020, including 185,748 children under 18, 856,588 between 18 and 64, and 242,101 people over the age of 65. They were paired with an equal number of patients suffering from another respiratory infection to serve as a control group.