Coronavirus: delirium ‘major symptom’ in older elderly people


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Doctors and carers should watch out for signs of confusion or strange behavior in older people because it may be an early warning sign of Kovid-19, research suggests.

Even if they have no cough or fever, delirium is more common in people over the age of 65 than in those of other ages.

But it is not yet clear why this extreme confusion or delirium occurs.

The study calls for greater awareness of this in hospitals and care homes.

The three main symptoms of Kovid infection are a new and persistent cough, temperature above 37.8C and a change in smell or taste. About 85% of people will have at least one symptom.

However, research suggests that children in some age groups may also have other symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting.

Fraudulent symptoms

In this study from King’s College London, data from more than 800 people over the age of 65 were analyzed.

They included 322 patients hospitalized with Kovid-19, and 535 people using the Kovid Symptom Study App to record their symptoms or health reports on behalf of friends and family.

All had positive test results.

Researchers found that older adults hospitalized who were classified as frail were more likely to have delirium as one of their symptoms compared with people of the same age who were There were no fries.

Felty is used by doctors to describe older people who find it difficult to overcome everyday illness, stress and accidents. They are also more likely to fall and end up in hospital when they are ill.

For one in five patients hospitalized with Kovid, delirium was their only symptom.

‘Change in mental state’

Among people over 65 using the application, Fryler with Kovid-19 was also more common in people, compared to more robust people of the same age with infection.

For him, possible delirium was defined as any symptom of confusion, disorientation, or drowsiness.

Fatigue and shortness of breath were also common among fake app users.

And a third of app users said that they had experienced delirium and did not have classic symptoms of cough or fever.

Dr. of King’s College London Rose Penfold said, “Older, frailer people are at greater risk than Kovid-19, which is fitter, and our results suggest that delirium is a prominent symptom of this group.”

“Doctors and carers should watch for any changes in mental status in elderly people, such as confusion or strange behavior, and be alert to the fact that it may be an early sign of coronovirus infection.”

The study also highlights the importance of protecting people in care homes where the virus can spread quickly by ensuring that handwashing, hygiene, and PPE (personal protective equipment) is a priority.

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