Acta Scientific Clinical Case Reports

Case ReportVolume 3 Issue 5

Are Senior Citizens at a Higher Psychological Risk from COVID-19?

Manjula J Patil* and K Suresh

School of Environment Sciences, Public Health, and Sanitation Management, Karnataka State Rural Development and Panchayat Raj University (KSRDPRU), GADAG, Karnataka, India

*Corresponding Author: Manjula J Patil, School of Environment Sciences, Public Health, and Sanitation Management, Karnataka State Rural Development and Panchayat Raj University (KSRDPRU), GADAG, Karnataka, India.

Received: March 21, 2022; Published: April 20, 2022

Abstract

SARS Cov-2 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) of 5 types known so far type Beta and Delta and Omicron corona viruses are known as Variants of Concern (VOC) by WHO. They all cause severe acute respiratory syndrome. In 2020 Delta variety was highly infectious and had spread widely around the world. While 471 million people are affected globally and 6.1 million succumbed by 20 March 2022, back home in India and Karnataka 43 million and 3.94 million people infected respectively, and 516516, and 40,000 Individuals respectively have died. Pandemic was feared for respiratory tract infections, pneumonic consolidation as common consequential symptoms and signs leading to oxygen insufficiency and deaths, in the initial months, soon it became evident that any system of the body can be affected. The documented neuropsychiatric symptoms of COVID-19 ranged from mild common symptoms like Anxiety or Depression to delirium in acute phase and Depression in long-term phycological disturbances. Delirium, an acute disorder of attention and cognition has been recognized as a hallmark of severe Covid 19 disease commonly observed among older patients. Mood variations and anxiety are observed commonly at follow-up, but psychosis is rare. One of the long Covid manifestation among affected and recovered individuals, that bothers their family members is either extended periods of anxiety or depression. We report here one such case from the second phase of Covid 19 pandemic, dominated by Delta variety viruses, in a 79 old elderly male who got covid-19 positive, recovered in 10-12 days, but continues to suffer from depression even now.

Keywords: Covid 19; Hospitalization; Long Covid Symptoms; Delirium and Depression

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Citation: Manjula J Patil and K Suresh. “Are Senior Citizens at a Higher Psychological Risk from COVID-19?". Acta Scientific Clinical Case Reports 3.5 (2022): 66-71.

Copyright: © 2022 Manjula J Patil and K Suresh. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



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