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People with Certain Mental Illnesses Are at a Higher Risk of COVID-19 Mortality

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Researchers are starting to better understand what conditions put people at higher risk of dying from COVID-19. For example, a February study found that people with Down syndrome are three times more likely to die from COVID-19 than people with other conditions.

A systematic review and meta-analysis published in The Lancet Psychiatry on July 15, consisting of 33 studies for the review and 23 studies for the analysis, looked to see which mental illnesses put people more at risk for COVID-19 related deaths, hospitalization, and admission to the intensive care unit.

The researchers wrote that “the presence of any mental disorder was associated with an increased risk of COVID-19 mortality.” In particular, the following mental health conditions

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